At The Morley Academy we are committed and passionate about developing students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) awareness. Within the specific areas we aim to:
Spirituality – provide students with an opportunity to reflect upon their place in the world whilst also acknowledging and respecting other people’s faiths, feelings and values.
Moral – ensure that our students understand the difference between right and wrong whilst also being able to debate empathetically and reasonably why other people’s moral and ethical standpoints maybe different to their own.
Social – provide students with opportunities to discuss and engage in wide-ranging enrichment and community based initiatives with other groups of people from different socio-economic backgrounds, faiths and cultures.
Cultural – develop students’ awareness of the wide ranging cultural influences that have shaped their own lives and heritage, whilst also acknowledging that there are a whole range of influences from further afield which have helped shape Britain’s history, values and place in the world. We are committed to providing our students with a variety of sporting, artistic, musical and cultural opportunities.
Furthermore, we seek to develop, within our students, the core principles of fundamental British values. Our students are encouraged to accept and engage 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.
Engaging our students in government and politics plays a pivotal role in developing our students’ understanding of life in the United Kingdom. During the 2015 General Election we organised a very successful mock election, whilst in the lead up to the 2016 EU Referendum we delivered a range of assemblies and lessons aimed at ensuring our students understand the arguments for and against remaining in the EU. Every student in the academy was given an opportunity to voice their opinion in our very own EU mock referendum which took place on Thursday 23 June. We have since hosted a Q&A session with our local MP Andrea Jenkyns; students were given the opportunity to quiz Andrea on a breadth of issues effecting young people including Brexit, the conflict in the Middle East and the resulting migration crisis, the US Presidential Election as well as local issues such as the re-development of Morley and flooding.
Throughout our broad and contemporary curriculum there are many opportunities for our students to explore global, national, regional and local issues which affect our lives in the 21st Century. We are also very proud of the evolution of our PSHCEE curriculum; we engage in regular discussions with students regarding areas which may have previously been viewed as ‘taboo subjects’ as well as topics which have been studied for some time. Our PSHCEE curriculum (known as ‘Be Smart’ by our students) covers areas such as prevent and radicalisation; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups; female genital mutilation; child sexual exploitation; revenge porn; sexting and drug, alcohol and substance misuse including legal highs.
We are committed to supporting our LGBTQ community and we raise awareness of issues related to homophobic and transphobic discrimination during LGBTQ month. Within the academy we have hosted Dr Stephanie Hirst who has addressed Students, Parents/Carers, and members of staff about her journey of gender transition from male to female.
Additional information on BESMART, SMSC and Modern British Values can be found in the student planner. Alternatively, if you have any questions or queries related to any of these issues please do not hesitate to contact Mr Cornfoot, Senior Assistant Principal.