Our Vision and Values
Furrowfield School recognises that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) elements of a pupil’s education are crucial to their development as an individual, as it allows them to take their rightful place in their community as a local, national and global citizen.
SMSC is about the values pupils are encouraged to hold, and their attitude towards learning, knowledge and society. At Furrowfield School, we promote SMSC in the following ways:
Spirituality is concerned with:
- Beliefs – informed by the study of religions and philosophies, but in particular to be able to discuss with others the range of beliefs (both formal and informal) that pupils and adults share.
- A sense of awe and wonder – the way in which students are struck by what they see, feel and hear. For example, opportunities for visits and extra-curricular activities, especially in relation to music and drama.
- Feelings of transcendence – the opportunity for students to discuss unexplainable issues and to feel that there is something beyond themselves.
- A search for meaning and purpose – this is encouraged through students asking questions about what is going on in their lives.
- Relationships – recognising and valuing the worth of each individual developing a sense of community and building up relationships with others.
- Creativity – where the student has the opportunity to express his or her thoughts and feelings through art, music and literature. This aspect involves getting to grips with their own feelings and emotions.
- Feeling and Emotions – the sense of being moved by beauty or kindness; hurt by injustice or aggression; a growing awareness of when it is important to control emotions and feelings and how to use such feelings as a source of growth.
We therefore aim to promote spirituality through:
- The values and attitudes Furrowfield identifies, upholds and fosters
- The contribution made by the whole curriculum
- Religious Education, acts of collective worship and other assemblies
- Extra-curricular activity, together with the general ethos and climate of the school.
Moral development refers to pupils:
- Behaviour in relation to what is right and wrong”
This involves making clear to our students the values that we subscribe to as an institution and as a community. The will to behave morally as a point of principle is fundamental to moral development. In this sense moral development is to do with understanding the principles lying behind actions and decisions and not just behaviour itself.
We therefore aim to promote moral development through:
- quality of relationships
- standards of behaviour
- quality of leadership
- the values the school sets and exhibits through its structures
- the curriculum and teaching
Social development is the students’ progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society.
We therefore aim to promote social development through:
- co-operation and partnership
- classroom organisation and management
- the grouping of students
- leadership and responsibility
- extra-curricular activity
- the development of citizenship
Cultural development is students’ understanding of their own cultural identity. More than this however, it is also about understanding other groups in a particular society and of other societies beyond their own. The students need to understand the beliefs, values, customs, knowledge and skills which provide identity and cohesion to a particular society.
We therefore aim to promote cultural development though:
- an explanation of the influences that have shaped our culture
- the extension of our cultural horizons, through the influences of other cultures
- therefore extending cultural horizons beyond the immediate and the local
- past cultural features which influence and shape the present
- a study of the present values and customs of our nation and of other nations cultures and societies
- developing in our students’ respect for the values, customs and cultural heritage of those who belong to other faiths or ethnic groups.
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