SMSC in English
The English curriculum area promotes SMSC through the planning of the curriculum and the choice of texts, as well as the development of Schemes of Work. Through the use of English literary heritage texts, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. Each year group study a Shakespeare play and a pre-1914 text, as well as engaging with contemporary literature. English at GCSE is still assessed in part with a speaking and listening assessment and in group work, students are given different roles as well as being taught to listen and discuss respectfully.
The English curriculum area has received training on teaching Shakespeare from the Royal Shakespeare Company and this enabled us to strengthen the Shakespeare Schemes of Work to use more imagination and creativity in learning. Students demonstrate enthusiasm for cultural activities.
The English curriculum area runs a hugely successful debating club which supports the moral and social development of students. They are able to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives. Furthermore the debating club develops an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and students’ ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.