At the ContinU Plus Academy (CPA), the promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is addressed across the whole school.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is promoted not only through all the subjects of the curriculum but also through the ethos of the school and through the development of positive attitudes and values.
This statement supports and reinforces the aims of our school, valuing all students and staff equally and as individuals.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is crucial for helping individual students grow and develop as people.
It is an expectation at the ContinU Plus Academy that all staff, in all subjects, can and should make a contribution to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of students through the taught curriculum and through the use of appropriate teaching and learning strategies such as discussion, reflection, student participation, tutor time etc.
The importance of relationships between all students, staff, parents and governors is fundamental. These relationships will be characterised by mutual respect, by positive attitudes, by the willingness to listen and be listened to and by the valuing of everyone.
General Aims for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
The ContinU Plus Academy offers a bespoke curriculum:
- To promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students at the school and of society
- To promote British values
- To prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life
- To promote respect and consideration for differences in gender, race, religion
- To help each student achieve their full potential across all areas of the curriculum
- To develop the individual strengths of all students and to help and provide support in areas for development
- To inspire and stimulate the students in order to foster a love of learning and enquiry, to reason rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills
- To help our students towards independent learning and to equip them with all life skills in order for them to take their place in a fast changing society
- To ensure there is continuity and progression in skills, knowledge and understanding in all areas of the curriculum
- To develop skills for employability and the world of work
- To develop respect for religious and moral values and understanding of other races, religions and ways of life
- To help the students understand the world in which they live
- To develop a sense of responsibility, consideration for others, self-respect and self confidence
- To promote good relationships between home, school and the local and wider communities
ContinU Plus Academy is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the UK. We aim to prepare students for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our school ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote British values.
We recognise that these values are not exclusive to being British and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as the method of creating an orderly society in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute to for the greater good of themselves and others.
We work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs within it. Students take part in local events and meet different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make to society. All subject departments are aware of the importance of delivering British values through their curriculum content.
We take opportunities to:
- acknowledge, celebrate and commemorate national events and anniversaries related to key events in Britain’s past
- join in with international sporting events and find out more about the countries that host them
- support a number of charities that are selected by the students and arrange fundraising events
- invite members of the local community to our school events.
We understand the role that our school has in helping prevent radicalisation and supporting our pupils in developing a world view whilst recognising Britain’s place within it.
The five British values are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.