Spiritual, Moral, Social, Vocational and Cultural Development.

‘This is a Catholic school which seeks to live out the values of Jesus Christ.  We promote these values by our words and deeds, and Catholic doctrine and practice therefore permeates every aspect of the school’s activity.  We provide a Catholic curriculum, which is broad and balanced, recognising that every pupil is unique and is created in the image of God (Gen 1:27).  Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. Catholic Religious Education is the “core of the core curriculum” (Pope St John Paul II) and the foundation of the entire educational process.  We also provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and strong pastoral support.  We incorporate democratic principles, value the rule of law, support individual liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.”

Bishop Walsh is committed to the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural development.

We believe that British Values are rooted in Catholic Values.

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Defining spiritual, moral, social, vocational and cultural development:

Spiritual = ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, spiritual or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feeling 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 learning.

Moral = ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in doing so, 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 being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Social = use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils 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; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Vocational = provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, career fairs, motivational speakers, colleges and university visits, coaches and mentors; build strong links with employers to boost young people’s attitudes and employability skills; offer high quality work experience; widen access to advice on options post-16, for example apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism or other vocational routes alongside the more traditional A levels and university route; provide face-to-face advice and guidance to build confidence and motivation; work with local authorities to identify vulnerable young people; provide information to students about the financial support that may be available to help them stay in education post-16; consciously work to prevent all forms of stereotyping in the advice and guidance we provide.

Cultural = understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that 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, 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.

Promoting British Values through SMSVC development at Bishop Walsh

At the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches the people those values that build up the kingdom of God.  They reveal the goal of human existence and are revealed fully in the life of Jesus Christ:

Faithfulness & Integrity, Dignity & Compassion, Humility & Gentleness, Truth & Justice, Forgiveness & Mercy, Purity & Holiness, Tolerance & Peace, Service & Sacrifice (Right Reverend Marcus Stock – Bishop of Leeds).

This ethos is reinforced both inside and outside of the classroom through:

  • Catholic Life
  • The curriculum
  • Our assembly rota
  • The inclusion of British and Gospel values in pupil planners with half-termly reflection pages
  • Weekly reflections by the Liturgical Team
  • Tutor-time
  • Trips
  • Outside guests and speakers
  • Careers Advice
  • Extra-Curricular activities
  • The National Safety Tool for parents
  • Pupil Voice
  • Whole-school Mass
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Throughout the academic year 2015-16, Bishop Walsh pupils will be identifying how fundamental British Values operate in our school community.  The activities listed above are living and continuous and will be updated throughout the school year.