Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) the Academy is required by law to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society. More recently, the Government has issued guidance for schools and academies on how to actively promote fundamental British values. Parents and carers can read this guidance by downloading the document.
To download the document: Click Here
Parents, carers, professionals and students at TFA will all agree that education is about more than academic results. At The Farnley Academy we aim to develop not only successful learners but responsible citizens and effective participants with firm foundations in social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness.
On a practical level, our commitment to social, moral, spiritual and cultural development requires planned opportunities for our young people to:
reflect about beliefs, values and more profound aspects of human experience, enabling them to develop curiosity in their learning, and as thoughtful, responsible individuals
develop and apply an understanding of right and wrong in their school life and life outside school
take part in a range of activities requiring social skills
develop awareness of and respect for diversity in relation to, for example, gender, race, religion and belief, culture, sexual orientation and disability
gain a well-informed understanding of the options and challenges facing them as they move through the school and on to the next stage of their education and training
develop an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature
develop the skills and attitudes to enable them to participate fully and positively in democratic modern Britain
Such opportunities are planned into everyday lessons, assemblies, Empowerment Days and a range of artistic, cultural, sporting, dramatic, musical, mathematical, scientific, technological and international events.
Central to our work in this area is our commitment to celebrating and promoting the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs. Only by doing this will our young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.
To this end, our young people are provided with opportunities to develop:
an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
an understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
an acceptance that people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour
an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination
Examples of how TFA promote British values can be found by clicking on this attachment: Click Here
Click Here to download the TFA Autumn Assembly Calendar 2016-17
Click Here to download an example of our 'Hot Topic' discussion and debate programme featuring a focus on 'Mental Health and Well-Being'
Click Here to download the SMSC and MBV: a brief introduction and explanation
Click Here to download our SMSC and Global Calendar