ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES CE (VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL
SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
This policy is based on the School’s Trust Deed and Mission Statement.
Benjamin Hargreaves is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.
We seek to provide a caring, supportive learning environment which:
Benjamin Hargreaves Church of England School seeks to promote spiritual development within a context of Christian beliefs, values and worship, and to provide pupils with opportunities to explore the Christian Faith and develop a personal relationship with God.
The School therefore aims to give pupils:
The School sets out, therefore to provide opportunities in collective worship and throughout the Curriculum and life of the School for pupils to:
Spiritual Development has to take place in a particular context, in our case, that of Christian belief and practice. Christian spiritual development shares features with other forms of spirituality in that it is concerned with coming to know ourselves, learning to reflect on experiences, exploring important questions of how to live and treat others, and so reaching a set of beliefs and values by which to guide our lives. Its distinctiveness, most importantly, consists in its capacity through a context of Christian worship, life and teaching, to offer opportunities for all in our School community to develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus.
Spiritual development in a Christian context is only possible when there is growth of the whole person. It therefore forms the basis for the other three areas of moral, social and cultural development.
It is insufficient for children simply to conform to an imposed set of Christian standards. The School therefore aims to provide opportunities for pupils through the Curriculum and School life to:
In order to achieve this, children need to develop the following habits and skills:
The School seeks to recognise and affirm good conduct, commitment and service to others through its reward system and through celebration and thanks in the context of collective worship.
In accordance with Christian belief, the School sets out to foster the commitment and ability to live and work with others, to share resources and to show concern and responsibility for others in School and the wider community. Classroom management will seek to promote group co-operation and mutual responsibility. Children will be pointed to the value and importance of working, playing and praying together.
The School sets out to offer a wide range of educational, social, sporting and extra-curricular activities to all its members. Responsible leadership roles will be encouraged in a range of activities, including extra-curricular.
Social skills are developed through a full range of activities in School so that children will become polite, tactful and confident.
Children are encouraged to participate in and contribute to the life of the Church and the community. Social achievement and service to Church or community are recognised and celebrated in School.
The School’s programme of fund-raising, the way funds are raised and the Christian, charitable and other causes chosen contributes to developing the habit of care and support for those in need. Pupils are given the opportunity to choose charities the School should support and to take an active part in planning and carrying out fund-raising.
The School aims to broaden children’s horizons by introducing them to a range of cultural activities and experiences, by building up an appreciation of their own cultural heritage and traditions and introducing them to examples of the variety of cultures, beliefs and ways of life. At the same time the School will seek to emphasise and express its Christian foundation, values, beliefs and way of life.
The planned programme includes the following:
The School sets out actively to promote mutual respect and harmony between different racial and ethnic groups.
Review date: April 2020
Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh to love a pray