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19/10/21

Post 16 Information Evening – Thursday 4th November from 4pm to 6pm. See letter on our website for further information https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK https://t.co/iHWUlgMhoV

15/10/21

At HAR we are committed to improving our school and the outcomes for each and every child. Therefore, we will be trailing a termly online survey for parents of KS3 pupils. Please find the link for our online questionnaire for you to complete. https://t.co/AEthfgwNws https://t.co/WNwMgXs22d

12/10/21

Please see our website for details of our half term intervention programme for Year 11 students https://t.co/aH4EdrwEga

07/10/21

Please see out website for information on the Year 11 mock examinations beginning on Monday 1st November https://t.co/3nik1tyQA7 https://t.co/rImJPm1DSD

28/09/21

Homework Information Evening Y7 - Tuesday 5th October 6pm to 7pm https://t.co/cO3YGycccU https://t.co/Shtq6PVX4q

14/09/21

Open Visit Event 2021-2022 See our website for full details https://t.co/rNy4bJwGzc... https://t.co/F9gB1NreUc

13/09/21

Open Visit Event 2021-2022 https://t.co/7dORZHT22D

23/07/21

See our website for the end of term Principal's letter https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

23/07/21

Sadly we are unable to host our annual exhibition of our wonderful GCSE Artwork. However, our Art Department have put together this lovely virtual exhibition so you can all still enjoy the beautiful art produced by our very talented students. https://t.co/UI8zGMRdzE...

16/07/21

Our team of y7 & y8 students competed against 20 schools in the Harris Federation KS3 Geog Quiz. Our students did exceptionally, scoring 82/90! and were only 4 points behind the winning schools. Congratulations to Connor, Elis, Ella, Joel and Phoebe for representing HAR so well! https://t.co/d6ZdDkSFe7

16/07/21

On Thursday, Year 9 and 10 athletes took part in the Federation sports day which is held at the National sports centre at Crystal Palace. For full story go to https://t.co/mjQ4E3T71N https://t.co/HU13Gg4pr7

14/07/21

The year 7's undertook a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) drop day on Friday. Students were able to speak to and question real life engineers, scientists and designers gaining an understanding of the education needed to go into these careers. https://t.co/NmLtUkioe0

14/07/21

Over 40 Y10 pupils successfully completed their Bronze DofE training. They learned basic first aid skills, how to use cooking equipment and cook a substantial meal, how to put up tents and how to map read https://t.co/sPLSMrKXNZ

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Harris Academy Rainham we enable students to become 'profoundly human' by helping them to engage with the greatest that has been thought and said

To do this we place Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural eduction (SMSC) at the heart of the academy. Every Monday afternoon, students attend Learning Guidance sessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in which they are taught Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) and reflect on issues related to SMSC. This session is closely related to the academy assembly programme which takes place during this time. Each subject area at the school also contributes to PHSE and SMSC through the curriculum they provide and the enrichment activities they offer outside of formal lessons.

The heart of our academy is our ethos of Belong, Believe, Become. From the beginning of Year 7 until the end of Year 11, all our students strive to live according to the academy’s values. It is important that every member of the Harris Academy Rainham community - staff and students alike - see these beliefs as their own. They are not just the values we hold deep in our academy, they are also an extension of the values of the UK (see British Values below). We hold that our Academy should provide students with a deep sense of belonging to a caring community, the belief in themselves and their unbounded potential and the opportunities to become more than they thought was possible.  


What do we mean by SMSC?

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education and covers:

  • Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral: recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social: use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
  • Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

How we teach SMSC

At Harris Aacedmy Rainham we deliver our SMSC education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) content in a variety of ways. These include curriculum lessons, assemblies, learning guidance sessions on a monday period 4 and through drop down days.

Full details can be found in the document SMSC Provision 2018-19, which can be downloaded from our Teaching and Learning page.


British Values

The academy recognises the importance of instilling British values in our pupils. We believe there are five essential strands to what it means to be British:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Challenging discrimination
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

These British values are incorporated into our school values of Believe, Belong, Become. In order to believe, we feel that you need to respect others faiths and beliefs and agree with the principals of the democratic process. To belong, it is important to be tolerant of others faiths and beliefs and respect the rule of law in society. Finally, to become, we feel you should respect and value peoples individual liberty for the benefit of all.

Believe

Belong

Become

Democracy

Respect

Rule of Law

Tolerance

Individual Liberty

Download our curruculum map for British values, as well as some examples of presentations given to students on topics such as democracy, from the bottom of this page.


Democracy

We have our own Student Council made of up of democratically elected students. We also have a Student Leadership Group as well as a Head Boy and Head Girl selected by an interview process. Students are taught about democracy in a variety of ways including during PHSE sessions, assemblies, extracurricular clubs, and in subject-specific content about the importance of democracy.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether those that govern the class, the academy or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of academy life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind the school rules that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We also have talks from the Community Police Office team on the rule of law.


Individual Liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, by providing a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) programme, participation in extra-curricular clubs and in all aspects of school life.


Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Harris Academy Rainham is situated in a culturally diverse area and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity within the student and staff body. Our lessons, assemblies and form sessions reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are free to express themselves and encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.


A cross-curricular approach

We deliver a cross-curricular approach to the delivery of SMSC, including British values.

Assemblies. Regular sessions throughout the year focus on themes that link to British values, for example, human rights and freedom.

Learning guidance sessions. These are tutorial activities that encourage the exploration and application of British values which we feel are not covered in sufficient depth within lessons and require additional coverage. These are spread across the year and cover:

  • Democracy (Autumn 1)
  • The Rule of Law (Autumn 2)
  • The UK tripartite system (Spring 1)
  • Freedom of faith in the UK (Spring 2)
  • Religious beliefs and practice (Summer1)
  • Challenging discrimination (Summer 2)

We have mapped how other subjects deliver knowledge and understanding of key concepts that link to British values. See our curriculum map downloadable below.