What is SMSC and why is it important?
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This is achieved by embedding these core values and beliefs into all subjects, targeting specific issues in Pastoral time, and addressing international events of significance throughout the school year in assemblies and through projects.
In the School and College provision at Exeter Deaf Academy, SMSC encourages each student to:
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at Exeter Deaf Academy. Democracy is central to how we operate. Some examples of democracy in practice are:
School Council, College Council and Sports Council
The election of The School and College Councils mirrors the British electoral system and demonstrates democracy in action. The School and Council Council’s give our students a voice on matters relevant to Academy life. Proposals made by its members can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school and College. They develop an understanding of democratic principles and gain experience of gathering information, sharing views, running a committee and making decisions. The students are elected to the council through the vote of their peers and are supported in their meetings by a member of staff and a Trustee Governor.
Exeter Deaf Academy Community Voice is actively sought
Pupils, staff, parents and Governors views are frequently sought when evaluating Academy programmes. Their views help to re-examine and build on the existing opportunities offered by the school.
The importance of rules and laws, whether they are those that govern our country or school are frequently referred to and reinforced in assemblies, at pastoral time and when necessary, to reflect on behaviour choices. Some examples of the rule of law in practice are:
Across all subjects we model and teach the necessity for rules
At the start of each year a Pastoral session allows students to be taught, or reflect on the value and reasons behind the rules which we enforce at Exeter Deaf Academy. These rules are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn and contribute in a safe environment.
Clear system of rewards and consequences
The school’s Positive Behaviour System through the e-praise system is followed by all staff and pupils with weekly Celebration assemblies focusing on the achievements of student’s that week. Students with the highest number of achievements will not only receive whole school praise but each will take home a certificate to their family to help them to share their success. There is a consequence system to manage negative behaviour.
Community Police Officer
We have close links with our Community Police Officer who regularly visits the Academy to speak with pupils.
PSD, SMSC Events and Whole School Assemblies
Through these, students develop an understanding of British Law and that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in Britain are subject to these laws. Students are taught the value and reasons behind the laws that govern and protect us and the consequences when laws are broken.
Students make informed choices based on the evaluation of facts. Some examples of individual liberty in practice are:
Internet and Social Media
All pupils and staff have been taught through the Computer Science Curriculum, whole school assemblies and regular staff training the risks attached to using the internet and how they can keep themselves and others safe. All staff and pupils sign a contract to adhere to the Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP). Outside organizations such as CEOPS, DEFAX and the police support through whole Academy events.
Tailored curriculum and provision that aims to meet their needs and aspirations
Through the Curriculum Pathways, Enrichment Programme, work related learning students are offered a wide range of activities supporting students to identify and develop their passions, abilities and entrepreneurship.
Sports leadership programmes
Sports Leaders are invaluable members of the Academy community. They work closely with staff helping to create a happy and harmonious sporting environment. They have received Leadership Training and all participants are now involved in taking some responsibility for organising break and lunchtime games. Students are also given the opportunity to lead parts of Whole School Sports Competition.
Exeter Deaf Academy is a microcosm of the global society that we all belong too. We are proud to promote and celebrate our different backgrounds and beliefs.
Learning Outside the Classroom and Cultural Programmes enrich our pupils’ experiences
All students will have the opportunity to be actively involved in their learning through real-life experiences beyond the classroom walls. As well as local opportunities, they will also have exposure to national cultural, religious, sporting, professional tutoring and community engagement experiences. The cultural curriculum is hooked onto a dynamic visit programme to many museums, theatre productions, and art and music events across the country.
Local, National and Global Links
Throughout the academic year all our students have the opportunity to meet with students from different schools either locally and or nationally.
Exeter Deaf Academy supports the Government’s PREVENT strategy which has been set up to protect students from becoming radicalised extremists. The Designated Safeguarding Leads will attend the local authority’s training sessions. The Deputy Head is attending in September 2015 a national conference on the issue and will produce an action plan in conjunction with the Safeguarding leads in response to the training. The positive engagement team are vigilant in looking out for the early warning signs of radicalisation. All education and care staff will receive bi-annual training in this area.