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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education at The Beacon School

What does SMSC mean?

Spiritual - exploring beliefs and experience; respecting faiths, enjoying learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity.
Moral - Recognising right and wrong; respecting the law; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.
Social - Investigating social and moral issues; appreciating diverse viewpoints; participating, volunteering and cooperating; resolving conflict; engaging with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Cultural - Appreciating cultural influences; appreciating the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participating in culture opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.

Opportunities for our students to develop this understanding, include:                                           

  • Our School Values and Mission Statement form the basis of everything we do.  You can read these by clicking here.
  • The House System was introduced in September 2013 to embed the school values and build a sense of community.  You can read more about the house system by clicking here.
  • House assemblies take place regularly and are delivered by 6th Form students who are House Officials (Heads and Deputy Heads of House). 
  • Enrichment Programme introduced in September 2013.  This is compulsory for Year 7 and 8 students and optional for Years 8 to 11.  You can read about the classes offered by clicking here.
  • We have established a link with a school in Shanghai and 10 students (plus 3 teachers) have already visited us this year.  We plan to take 10 students to China in November 2015.
  • The Student Council – students apply to become members of the Student Council and represent the views of their fellow peers.  Student Representatives work closely with the Senior Leadership Team on a wide range of school issues, including introducing the House System, Rewards System and new school uniform.
  • We are working towards achieving the International Schools Award.
  • Subject Departments continuing to develop schemes of learning to identify opportunities for the delivery of SMSC.  These include:
  • RS visit to a local Church and Buddhist Temple.
  • RS has a broad curriculum that teaches about different religions and promotes critical thinking about them.
  • RS World Philosophy Day for Year 10 students included various ideas from around the world, including Japanese Aikido, Jewish hospitality and Humanism.
  • RS arrange a visit to the British Museum for Year 10 and 11 students.
  • PSHCE topics include rights and responsibility, democracy, marriage, relationships, gender identity, drugs awareness and self-esteem.
  • PSHCE education provides excellent SMSC opportunities, including participation in a Question Time event at Reigate Council.
  • Workshops are delivered by the school nurses and visiting theatre groups cover contemporary issues such as internet safety.
  • Science topics include intensive farming, thalidomide, evolution and global warming
  • Science competitions with teams from every key stage.  The Year 9 team has reached the final of the University Challenge competition.
  • Art provides students with the opportunity to investigate art from different cultures
  • Issue of the Week has focused on topical news stories.  Issues have included:
  • National Service
  • Violence in Ukraine
  • Syrian Conflict
  • Sixth Form PSHCE Days
  • Year 11 Mentors for Year 7 students.
  • Gideon’s Bible Assembly for Year 7 students
  • Charity work.  This includes:
  • Non-uniform day to support Children in Need
  • ‘Wear Something Red’ Day to support Comic Relief
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign
  • Bag2School Charity Campaign
  • Sixth Form RAG Week
  • Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Each House has adopted a charity to support for the year.  Various events take place throughout the year to raise funds and the profile of the charity.
  • Healthy Schools Award
  • Anti-Bullying Silver Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
  • Bike It Scheme
  • Languages Week
  • Sports competitions
  • National Book Week, including dressing up as your favourite book character day on the Friday.
  • Weekly Assemblies which cover SMSC themes.
  • Active Tutorial Programme devised by the Pastoral Team. The programme includes Anti-bullying Week, Earth Hour Week, Black History Month, LGBT month, Science Week and National Sports Week.
  • Litter vouchers awarded to students who are seen placing litter in the bin.  These are exchanged for VIVO points.
  • Active Citizen Vouchers awarded to students.  These are exchanged for VIVO points.