In English there are many opportunities for pupils to reflect on and engage in all areas of SMSC.
Pupils are encouraged to discuss and debate ideas based on a wide range of texts and topics such as a focus on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, covering topics such as religion, death and fate. Within the Literature SOL, there are debates and discussions about topics covered within the SMSC spectrum; this develops mutual respect across different year groups and classes through dialogue.
In Year 9, students will consider complex issues of morality, race and gender in their work with ‘The Secret Garden’ and look matters of patriotism and spirituality in the poetry unit. Year 8 students cover elements such as ‘Good vs Evil’ in the Media/English SOL with links to ‘Animal Farm’, developing an understanding of morality and the effects of decisions on a group.
Whilst studying GCSE texts such as ‘An Inspector Calls’ pupils can explore ideas of collective responsibility and class conflict. Pupils also look at the historical context of British values of democracy in a text or within a lesson. Within the Year 8 scheme of work, pupils can take part in a courtroom debate and a voting activity. In Year 7 and 8, pupils have the chance to study ‘English through the Ages’, highlighting the importance of cultural links throughout history.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in all English lessons, especially when studying poetry from other cultures. All teachers promote mutual respect in all lessons to encourage social and moral links. A ‘Pupil of the Week’ display board promotes respect for other pupils and a new homework system with a choice of activities lets pupils have individual liberty over the tasks they complete.
English provides extra-curricular activities such as revision sessions so that all pupils are able to reach their potential.