Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
RE at Peter Gladwin contributes to school duties to promote Community Cohesion, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, British Values, UNCR children’s rights and safeguarding. Our Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programmes and Schemes of Work support our school to meet the statutory duties ‘to follow the local agreed syllabus’ and to ensure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional and physical development of pupils at the school
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
- stimulates pupils to ask and explore challenging questions
- encourages pupils to explore their own identities and beliefs
- enables pupils to value both commonality and diversity
- prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and others
Pupils' spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self. Our Religious Education lessons support their ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life. Educational visits to religious places and engaging with visitors from a wide range of faiths encourage their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
Our curriculum engenders in pupils a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them through its focus on the use of enquiry that makes sense of key concepts and beliefs and making connections with their own lives and the world around them. Collaborative learning opportunities across the curriculum help pupils to develop a willingness to reflect on their learning and experiences. We follow the Brighton & Hove Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2018).
Pupils' moral development involves recognising right and wrong, respecting the law and understanding consequences. The Values and Commitments unit in the Scheme of Work is central to moral development and reflects on Peter Gladwin’s Golden Rules; respect, trustworthy, friendly, courageous, caring and responsible thus developing pupils’ ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Pupils acquire an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being a member of society and promoting well-being by, for example:
- highlighting the importance of developing good relationships and respecting differences between people
- developing learning about the diversity of religious and ethnic groups
- developing awareness of the destructive power of prejudice, racism, offending behaviour and bullying
- considering the influence of positive role models and what can be learned from negative stories and events
- encouraging pupils to take responsibility for who and what they are
- exploring how people take risks to highlight their beliefs and values
Our pupils’ cultural development is shown by their understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning about religion by making connections to their own lives and deepening their understanding of the world around them and share personal experiences to enrich their learning and understanding of different faith systems and beliefs. Our curriculum fosters an interest in pupils exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.