At Ryburn we recognise that the personal development of our pupils, spiritually; morally; socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Therefore we adopt a curriculum that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness; high standards of personal behaviour; a positive caring attitude towards other people; an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
SMSC and British Values are not separate subjects at Ryburn. They are taught as a means of developing the ‘whole child’. Successful SMSC and promoting British Values education is achieved through formal and informal learning and from experiences and relationships throughout the school.
We believe that SMSC and British values is at the heart of education achievement. All staff and adults in the school have an important role to play in promoting the personal and social development of all our pupils. This will enable them to develop their confidence to become effective learners. It will support pupils as they move from childhood to adolescence so they become independent young people and responsible citizens, showing a tolerance within British society.
The fundamental British values, first set out b y the government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2011 and reinforced further by the Department for Education advice are:
Across the curriculum, opportunities are built into lessons for students to explore and practise SMSC and fundamental British values, either through topics studied or by following the schools general structures and behaviour policies.
Wider school life
Our vision, values and general ethos support the fundamental British values and we have a strong emphasis on the development of SMSC across the school. Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing they are in a safe and supportive environment.
There is a full programme of assemblies and themes of the week, with particular emphasis on respect, aspiration; tolerance and diversity. In tutor time forms take part in weekly ‘News day’, where recent news events are discussed, debated.
A number of KS4 students have been trained as peer mentors and safeguarding mentors. We also have House captains, Sports captains and Student leaders, ensuring that students from all year groups can learn from each other and have the opportunity to act as positive role models.
We promote democratic processes, developing and promoting freedom of speech and group action, to address needs and concerns.
There is a debating society and democratically elected School council, with representatives from all year groups. The council meet regularly to discuss/effect positive changes to the school and local community. We also have pupils sitting on Calderdale’s Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament. We also host a ‘Ryburn General Election’ where every child votes.
There is a wide range of sporting, creative and academic activities to choose from including Rugby, Football; Cricket; Netball; Hockey; Gymnastics; Boccia; Dance; Drama; Music; Film; Media; Comic; Art; Chess; Amnesty International; School magazine; Scrabble; Homework; Math; History and STEM.
These promote self-discipline, self-esteem, confidence and reward.
There are numerous visits and residential organised to widen students’ perspectives, for example, Year 7 team building visit to Staffordshire, History trip to Belgium; Ski trip to Austria; Dance & Music trip to various European cities; World challenge expeditions; Duke of Edinburgh Award activities; Erasmus + project to various European countries.