SMSC and personal development are essential to ensuring that our students become kind, determined and proud members of society and encourage them to become the best possible people they can be. We are committed to preparing students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life beyond the Academy, in modern Britain and the global marketplace.
Through our SMSC provision we ensure that students develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. That they are encouraged to respect other people and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. We also promote fundamental British Values ensuring that through our student council students understand democracy and the importance of rules and laws.
Practical activities to develop SMSC include:
- Religious Education and English lessons use a range of teaching methods including P4C to provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their own experiences of faith and those of others as well as exploring ethical issues such as where was God during the Holocaust?
- Whole school and year group assemblies provide an opportunity to understand and appreciate a wide range of cultural influences, for example, LGBT History Month assembles, Black History assemblies and Holocaust Day memorial assemblies
- PSHE drop down days provide opportunities to use a range of social skills in different contexts, to explore the rule of law and democracy.
- Our Restorative Justice behaviour policy ensures that students recognise the difference between right and wrong and understand the consequences of behaviour as well as developing the social skills to resolve conflict effectively
- Students have the opportunity to vote for a tutor representative, a year representative and to be involved in Student Council allows students to understand the role of democracy within society and to contribute positively to work within the academy.
- In curriculum time students develop their social skills by being encouraged to work together and to discuss in group activities.
- Encouraging teamwork through a range of sports including football, netball and cricket. Additionally, external visitors such as the Navy have also provided sessions to encourage teamwork.
- Students have the opportunity to view performing arts performances in whole school assemblies as well as evening soirees such as the Blossoming Beats Spring performance.
- Meeting visitors from our global Oasis community including Mozambique and Belgium.
- Students have the opportunity to experience a range of educational visits including places of faith, universities and Cologne.
- Studying literature and art from different cultures supported by visits from writers and artists and participating in workshops.
- Opportunities to make and evaluate food from other countries for example through European Cultural Food Week in the canteen
Links with the wider community
- Oasis Academy Mayfield works with our global partners Oasis Mozambique and Oasis Belgium.
- Through the transformative work of the Oasis Hub students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, for example, JEM tennis.
- The development of a strong home-school agreement is regarded as very important, enabling parents and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the children.