SMSC - Personal, Health, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At The Pilgrim School spiritual, moral, social and cultural development prevails through the pastoral system and general ethos of the school.  Aspects are also taught directly through the tutorial programme and permeates the study of key stage curriculum subjects.

At the bases pupils take part in tutorials for half an hour each morning.  This promotes the development of knowledge and understanding in personal, health, spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and includes a study of careers, British Values and aspects of citizenship.  Tutorials provide opportunities for students to gain confidence and expertise in discussing issues, listening to others, working on small group projects and participating in teamwork.  From October 2016 a condensed version of this programme will also be delivered to young people receiving education support in the home.

Personal Health education includes learning around issues such as sex, relationships, mental and physical well- being, drug education, managing stress, keeping safe online and in face to face situations, recognizing exploitation and managing responses to it.  The programme prepares pupils for post 16 study and the world of work. It provides impartial careers guidance on a range of job opportunities and furnishes pupils with skills for writing applications, CVs and preparing for interviews.

Spiritual development fosters a climate and ethos in which young people can flourish, show respect to others and be respected. It encourages pupils to explore a range of values and beliefs which affect peoples’ lives and are of personal importance.  It enables pupils to reflect and learn from reflection while asking universal questions of Why? How? Where?  It encourages pupils to consider concepts of awe, wonder and inspiration in their daily lives in addition to providing opportunities to understand human feelings and emotions and acknowledge the importance of accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals.

Moral development provides a clear behavior code that is expected throughout the school and in the wider community.  It enables pupils to identify and discuss the negative consequences of prejudice and discrimination and explore moral concepts and values such as personal rights, responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity.  It illustrates a way of behaving with fairness, integrity, respect for all people and their welfare.  It encourages pupils to consider steps involved in negotiation, the resolution of conflict and the importance of keeping promises and taking responsibility for their personal actions, environment and codes of behavior.

Social development emphasises the importance of co-operative, leadership and responsibility, It builds a sense of community with common, inclusive values and nurtures the development of personal qualities which are valued in society such as thoughtfulness, honesty, independence and inter-dependence between people, communities and countries.

Cultural development provides opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultural roots, traditions and values and those of others.  It encourages pupils to reflect on literature, drama, music, art, crafts and events from a diverse range of societies and communities and to reflect on their significance.  The school endeavors to develop partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness through theatre, museum, concert and gallery visits and invites guests into school to talk about local community and cultural issues.  Pupils are encouraged to participate in fund-raising events and work with local charity groups.

Latest News

Dogs For Good - Family Dog Service for Parents and Carers of Autistic Children aged 3-16

Kate Easton - Training Department Support Officer @ Dogs For Good

I am writing from the Family Dog service at the assistance dog charity Dogs for Good. This service is for parents and carers who have a child with autism between the ages of 3 and 16, who are either looking at getting a dog or who want to train their own pet dog to help their child. The service consists of 3 workshops followed by unlimited email and phone aftercare.


 

London Trip - Educational Visit

An educational trip to London was organised and offered out to all pupils in base. It was an overwhelming success with pupils and staff indicating that they really enjoyed it and that they got a lot out of it. This has involved 40 of our pupils some of whom have never been to the capital. It had been an enormous undertaking and a huge thanks goes to CN and BL and everyone who pulled together to make it happen. It was simply brilliant to observe our young people meeting, travelling, sharing experiences etc. showing true resiliance and demonstrating how far they have come from their individual starting points with us.

Celebrating Success - News about past pupils!

A pupil MG, who attended the Louth group, has been in touch to pass on her thanks to the school as she has just been offered a place at Bristol University to study Criminology.

HB from the Lincoln base has been offered a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Music Production.

EB formerly of the Boston base is now a Case Support worker.

Well done everyone. News about past pupils is always the best news!

News about past pupils:

A pupil, CS, who attended the Lincoln base has been voted apprentice of the year at Lincoln College.

JJ from the Louth base is actively engaging in his placement.

KK, also from the Louth base, is successfully accessing his CLIP placement.

AS from the Sleaford base has successfully completed a work placement as part of her college course and this has led to her being offered a part time job.

Kinema in The Woods School Trip - Ralph Breaks The Internet

We had a very successful cinema trip with over 70 pupils and staff in attendance.  Pupils and staff were treated to a showing of 'Ralph breaks the Internet', the sequel to 'Wreck It Ralph'.  Everyone, of all ages, really enjoyed the film, even though some of the oldies did not understand what half of it was about!  The pupils were amazing and represented themselves and the school perfectly. 

Kinema in the Woods outside view