Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC)

The aims of SMSC education are to develop open and consistent relationships and develop student’s confidence and to help them to learn to treat each other and their environment with respect. Pilgrim Pathways staff will provide a range of opportunities for students to extend their social experiences and understanding. The content of the curriculum and styles of teaching and learning offered will aim to encourage an increasingly mature response to social and moral issues.

Pilgrim Pathways School strives to build a community which encourages all its members to develop a healthy respect for each other. We provide a happy, stimulating and caring environment where there are opportunities, encouragement and stimuli to develop each student to their full potential.

SMSC education relates to the whole life of the school and we believe that each child will be valued as an individual and enabled to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally within a caring, purposeful and flexible framework.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development should be promoted not only through all the subjects of the curriculum but also through the ethos of each unit and its individual community.

The development of positive values and attitudes is considered to be intrinsically linked with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Pilgrim Pathways School has a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award, the universal rights of the child underpin the SMSC policy.

Relationships & Sex Education (SE)

Effective RSE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by students if they are to establish and maintain healthy relationships. It also enables young people to make responsible and informed choices about their health and well-being. At the Pilgrim Pathways School, our RSE programme is delivered as part of our Values-based PSHE curriculum.

Our values-based PSHE curriculum helps pupils gain the knowledge and skills to lead a healthy and safe lifestyle. It gives them the tools to deal with spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. It encourages their self-esteem and provides opportunities to gain an understanding of themselves so that they are able to play an effective role in society.