Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education
Our broad, balanced and aspirational curriculum supports other areas of the school’s work, including SMSC education, the promotion of British values, e-safety, and the protection of pupils from radicalisation and extremism.
This is achieved in a number of different ways: Tutorial programme; PSHE programme of study; Whole school and year group assemblies
John O’ Gaunt School is committed to serving its community. The curriculum plays a vital role in promoting and reinforcing British Values. We enable students to acquire knowledge of, and respect for, British public institutions and
services and to appreciate and respect their own and others’ cultures.
Our curriculum provides a mechanism through which we seek to confer cultural capital on our students. We want their education to be rich with ‘the best that has been thought and said’. “A curriculum exists to change the pupil, to give the
pupil new power. One acid test for a curriculum is whether it enables [all] pupils to clamber into the discourse and practices of educated people, so that they gain the powers of the powerful.” (Counsell) However, we recognise that
historic and present-day imbalances of power have denied many people an equal voice. Our curriculum design will consider cultural capital within these parameters and its ongoing review will attempt to address these imbalances by
amplifying the voices of all people, including those with ‘protected characteristics’. Therefore, we will use the curriculum to build students’ cultural capital, but also to engage them in a debate about whose knowledge is powerful;
to see the curriculum itself as a curated interpretation of knowledge and one which should be challenged and refined to reflect the lessons society continues to learn.
The Philosophy, Religion and Ethics curriculum, which is compulsory for all students up to the end of Key Stage 4, provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures. Form times and Assemblies are
also utilised to explore issues of RSE and contemporary moral issues. Dedicated PSHE lessons ensure students are able to explore these issues in depth. Through many aspects of our curriculum, Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural education
(SMSC), we help students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and contribute positively to society.