At Cedar Mount Academy, each student is valued as an individual and students are equipped to become responsible and active citizens. The values of the school are Respect, Hard work and Aspiration, which the students devised themselves.
The aim for Cedar Mount Academy is for SMSC to flow through everything we do. We recognise the huge importance of instilling the values promoted through SMSC, with the objective for this to be in the DNA of the academy.
The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their
- ability to reflect about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- willingness to reflect on their experiences
We therefore aim to promote spirituality through:
- The values and attitudes the Academy identifies, upholds and fosters
- The contribution made by the whole curriculum by encouraging students to express thoughts and feelings through participation
- Healthy Living/RE/Humanities lessons which explore values, principles and beliefs, including the study of all major faiths and the way in which they affect people’s lives.
- Extra-curricular activity
The moral development of pupils is shown by their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
We therefore aim to promote moral development through:
- quality of relationships staff and students, as well as encouraging positive relationships between all students at the academy
- standards of behaviour
- the RE/Healthy Living curriculum exploring moral rights and wrongs, civil and criminal law, ethical issues and personal values
- quality of leadership given by the Academy
- the values the Academy sets and exhibits through its structures
- the curriculum and teaching, including playing sport fairly and by the rules of the game
The social development of pupils is shown by their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
We therefore aim to promote social development through:
- promoting co-operation and partnership in all lessons
- providing opportunities for students to exercise leadership and responsibility across the Academy, such as within the Student Leadership Team
- encouraging respect for democracy through participation in democratic processes – such as voting for house captains and taking part in UK Youth Parliament activities
- encouraging students to show initiative and understand how they can contribute to society; through raising money for worthy causes, such as The Christie, Macmillan and Children in Need
classroom organisation and management
- the grouping of students
- Expressing views through student questionnaires and pupil surveys
- extra-curricular activity
The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
- understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
We therefore aim to promote cultural development though:
- an explanation of the influences that have shaped our culture, with focus weeks like Manchester Week.
- the extension of our cultural horizons, through the influences of other cultures, explored in Humanities and Healthy Living lessons
- past cultural features which influence and shape the present, which is demonstrated through awareness campaigns like Islam Awareness Week and Black History Month
- developing in our students’ respect for the values, customs and cultural heritage of those who belong to other faiths or ethnic groups.
- Studying history of British events and the monarchy – how our country’s rules were developed and how these reflected the beliefs and values of the period; exploration of Victorian values through literature; citizenship through Geography; commemoration of key British political/historical dates such as Armistice Day.