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Philosophy for SMSC

Clapham Manor Philosophy for SMSC




At the heart of Clapham Manor’s aims and ethos is a constant drive to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their background or starting point develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural well-being.  Pupils at Clapham Manor are immersed in rich and varied experiences to enhance these aspects of their lives and all adults work with the same aim in mind – providing an environment that will grow brighter futures through engagement with real life experiences and fostering a love of learning and the world around them.

The four elements of SMSC are outlined below:


  • Spiritual:  Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
  • Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

The Clapham Manor team believe in enriching the curriculum through practical and real life experiences and opportunities for pupils to develop a positive sense of self and well-being.  Our use of an SMSC Value of the Term; focused on by all pupils across the school allows pupils to develop their awareness of fundamental British Values and those that are part of our ethos.  Assemblies, class assemblies, circle time and shared learning all provide opportunities to discuss values such as ‘respect’ and ‘kindness’ and ‘unity’.  The use of shared learning classes, which involves EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two working collaboratively in a variety of contexts, demonstrates our belief in our pupils developing a range of social and cooperative skills as well as promoting the notion of celebrating differences and diversity and mutual respect.


Our food/ science lab and outdoor environment as well as our specialist music teacher and sports coaches provide all pupils with opportunities to gain rich and practical experiences as well as developing an awareness of the surrounding world, through exploring this creatively.   These opportunities not only enrich the curriculum and pupils engagement in learning and school experiences, but underpinning this is a common goal – to develop problem solvers, risk takers and pupils who can cooperate and participate with a common goal in mind.


We aim to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy and tolerance throughout our deep and rich Clapham Manor Inclusive Curriculum – the aim of this is for all pupils to be taught through all subjects, as well as through a high quality PSHCE and RSE curriculum, to champion the diversity that is so unique to our school community and challenge discrimination of any type.  The Inclusive Curriculum intrinsically links to the teaching of equality and the Equalities Act 2010. 


Our School Council play an important role in sharing ideas and leading projects such as chosen charity work, improvements to the school environment and decisions on changes that are made.  The School Council celebrates the diversity of the school community and equality of pupils’ viewpoints, celebrating ideas, and trying to use pupils’ thoughts and interests to have a positive impact on the school.  Pupils show a desire to make decisions about their school and are enthusiastic to participate and impact on its running and future.

Clapham Manor is a culturally diverse school that celebrates this diversity through our curriculum and rich and stimulating environment.  Community involvement with the school is a fundamental factor in its success and The Friends of Clapham Manor have a huge impact in the involvement of parents and carers in the daily life of the school.  Parent reps and forums support this relationship, which is fundamental to the success of the school.  The Friends of Clapham fund a high percentage of our enrichment opportunities, resulting in all pupils being given the opportunities to benefit from these experiences regardless of their background.


Clapham Manor’s inclusive curriculum centres around celebrating the school’s diverse community, teaching pupils about equality and the Equalities Act 2010 thus enabling them to promote equality, champion diversity and challenge all forms of discrimination. Sharp focus on promoting positive pupil and staff mental health – pupils learn regularly about the importance of looking after your mental health and how they can do this, the school’s ‘Pathways’ document is used by all staff to identify pupils who may be suffering from poor mental health ensuring early intervention.  RE curriculum is entrenched with regular visits to places of worship. Strong local links with places of worship capitalised on by staff through regular workshops and visits. Opportunities to reflect through a variety of collective worship including whole school, Phase and class assemblies Mindfulness – timetabled twice daily through relaxation and regulation time with the aim of improving pupil mental health and supporting focus and concentration. Mindfulness promotes positive mental health and well-being. Natural Thinkers – Spinney and edible playground Production, music concert, Lambeth Music festival, range of enrichment clubs, Harp lessons Fully funded music lessons for all pupils eligible for disadvantaged funding. Regular charity work mapped out by school council to ensure that local, nation and international charities are supported – creating pupils sense of responsibility and their place in the wider world. Artsmark Gold Award emphasises the school’s emphasis on the use of the creative arts to promote and increase positive mental health and well-being.  Specialist teachers and a broad curriculum ensure these opportunities are available for all groups of pupils.



Pupil responsibilities such as House Captains and School Council responsible for monitoring and improving behaviour across the school. Pupils organise and lead ‘special events’ such as internet safety week and anti-bullying week and ensure this work continues into the classroom and playground. P4C sessions across the curriculum provide opportunities to debate and discuss moral ‘Big World’ issues and make decisions about citizenship and the importance of this. Pupil involvement in implementing school rules. Consistency in approach to behaviour through clear behaviour policy involving agreed sanctions for negative behaviour which all staff adhere to. Senior leaders take a proactive approach in supporting pupils with positive behaviour and discuss improvements with parents regularly.


Shared learning regularly, peer mentors and Young Leaders take a central role in supporting others. Assemblies and class assemblies are underpinned by British Values which are embedded in the ethos of the school. School council and class council promote pupil voice and are used to make changes to the provision as well as to drive forward charity work and helping others. Collaborative learning structures used within lessons to develop pupil positive communication with others and explicitly teach and promote teamwork skills needed for the wider world.  Pupils use of local area as extended classroom – this encompasses both outdoor learning and links between local enrichment organisations such as Clapham Library, Omnibus theatre, Clapham Pottery and Studio Voltaire. The Spinney – pupils given opportunities to work collaboratively to solve problems and develop and increasing awareness of the natural world and the environment for pupils growing up in an urban/ city locality. Daily Fitness club – before school – promotes collaboration and healthy lifestyle. Young Leaders support and take responsibility for playground, school journey, science fair, science, maths and reading ambassadors playing an active role in the running of the subject Houses and House Captains play an integral role in pupil voice and leadership across the school.  


Regular trips (use of cultural diversity and opportunities in London), promotion of cultural aspects, work with local artists/ studio/ London based projects – take one picture (school chosen for exhibition at the National Gallery in 2017) School council  Black History Month – celebration – involving parents and carers and promoting diversity. Whole school projects such as Windrush Carnival, Proud to be Different March promote cultural diversity of the school and teach children about this diversity. Texts pupils study reflect the diversity of the school community and are used to discuss this diversity and any potential discrimination. E.g Julian and the Mermaid.

Diversity Group – selected group of pupils who champion and promote diversity across the school through ensuring that the whole school provision reflects and embodies our school community (audit of library and book corners, display audit, visit to Brixton book shop.) RSE and PSHCE is entrenched with resources and stimulus enabling staff to teach pupils about respect for all.