At CLC MAT, our policy, procedures and actions for Personal Development run through our SMSC Plan, which incorporate Human and British Values, relationship education and the Birmingham Agree Syllabus.
We believe that the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. It provides for learners’ broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents as well as enabling them to be active agents of change in their own lives.
Our curriculum and the wider work support learners to develop their character, including their resilience, confidence and independence as well as helping them know and understand how to keep physically and mentally healthy.
- equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society
- developing their understanding of fundamental British values
- developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity and heritage
- Celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.
The principles for the school’s Recovery Curriculum has been developed from Professor Barry Carpenter’ 5 Levers, as a systematic, relationships-based approach to reigniting the flame of learning in each child.
At CLC MAT, we support the ‘whole child’ through numerous enrichment activities, including:
The CRC (Confident Resilient Children)Choices project in Years 5 and 6 lead by with Titan Partnership. This on-going project has supported our children in developing their resilience, particularly online; the project has also supported the children through mentoring sessions.
‘Just 3 Clicks’project by Recre8 in Years 5 and 6 is a five week participatory programme which uses drama in education techniques and psychology exercises to explore the notion of extremism and the radicalisation of young people
Afternoon Tea– all children in the school have the opportunity to attend the session with the Executive Head teacher to discuss and share their experiences and enable their ‘voices’ to be heard.
During Parliament week, the school runs elections, whereby children write manifestos and voting takes place in booths to elect the school council members in Years 1 to 6
The Parliamentary Review– Cromwell Primary School produced an article published in the Review which reinforced the message from Lord Pickles that ‘that the ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones.’
The strong relationships developed with families ensure an open line of communication, supported by parents, pupil and staff questionnaires.
Animal Monitors –children throughout the school have the opportunity to learn about caring for animals, which develops their nurturing character.
· At CLC MAT we have a strong pupil voice though the democratically elected School Council, Pupil Well-being Ambassadors along with many other roles and responsibilities throughout the year groups enabling themselves and others to grow. The role of the pupil well being Ambassador is to work in partnership with their teachers and support staff to look after and promote the wellbeing of other.
Pupils Wellbeing Ambassadors are elected for their leadership qualities and their ability to empathise with their peers. They are trained to know and understand what to say and what to do when someone needs help. Their role is not to solve problems but to bring issues to the attention of the staff.
Recent activities that develop SMSC at Cromwell are:
Team building with John Street.
Weekly Nurture groups in KS1 and KS2.
Key worker nurture groups in Foundation stage.
Daily Breakfast club.
Daily acts of collective worship and times for reflection.
Trips – The Islamic experience exhibition, Blakesley Hall and the RSPB.
Charity work – Children in Need, Comic relief, Somali well fund, Islamic aid, Christian aid.and Animal aid
Visitors – Somali elders, Living past times.