At West Jesmond Primary school we recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education begins with our obligations under the 2002 Education Act; the 2011 Children’s Act and 2010 Equalities Act to promote equality and safeguard the welfare of children. Furthermore, we also recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education includes a duty to champion the principles of democracy and challenge prejudice and intolerance by promoting the values set out in the 2011 ‘Prevent Strategy’ and the 2014 DfE consultation. These values are enshrined in five key principles:
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
These values flow through West Jesmond Primary school, from our ethos and vision, to our policy and practice in the classroom.
In the first instance, these values figure prominently in our school vision:
As a school and staff, we believe in an ethos where children of all backgrounds and cultures are welcomed and valued; all children will make the very best progress that they can; leaving us confident to participate and take a lead role in society.
We believe our pupils should demonstrate outstanding behaviour and self-discipline, supported by parents and our partners in the wider community.
Finally, we believe our pupils should leave us confident, but not arrogant, proud of their success, able to encourage others and understand the changing world around them. They will be able to look back on a wonderfully happy primary education and be eager to start the next stage of their learning.
In addition, they are clearly articulated, as expectations to pupils, in our behaviour policy and school aims, the ‘West Jesmond Way’:
• Developing each child as a responsible future member of society
• Educating our children in partnership with parents and families
• Instilling a sense of care for our local and global environment
Finally, in the classroom, during daily school assemblies and in pre and after school provision, we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, in accordance with National Curriculum requirements, promoting the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils at every opportunity; preparing our pupils for the challenges, responsibilities and experiences that life may offer. Delivered through a broad range of learning opportunities, lessons at West Jesmond Primary give children an understanding and appreciation of how different cultures have shaped our school, local community and country; the willingness to share and reflect upon their own and others’ faith, beliefs and values; opportunities to investigate moral and ethical issues without, conflict, prejudice and bias; a context to use their developing social skills to work with others, regardless of gender, race or sexuality; the belief that they can make a positive contribution to the society in which they live.