Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is promoted across the entire school curriculum and all aspects of school life. Our school sets out practice in ensuring that all pupils have the opportunity to develop an understanding of right and wrong; and practise the skills and attitudes required for them to participate fully in a democratic society. SMSC Development is implicit within the school curriculum, school ethos and within day to day life at Forest Pathway College.
We further develop our pupils by ensuring that both school assemblies and tutorial times have a clear focus on SMSC. See attached for the delivery plan for 2019-2020.
In addition we recognise that the pressures of school can sometimes be too much for our pupils. To help them with their well-being we have two school dogs ‘Tom and Sox’ who regularly visit the pupils. The dogs act as a stress relief for the pupils and a tool to help them reduce their anxiety. Tom and Sox can be regularly seen welcoming pupils to school and supporting them when they are in distress and in need of a hug.
"The dogs are very friendly and love being around us. They listen to our views and show us kindness". Andreea Age 16
"The quickest and biggest hit that we can make to improve mental health in our schools and to make them feel safe for children, is to have at least one dog in every single school in the country." Sir Anthony Seldon – Vice-Chancellor University of Buckingham