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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education of the children is paramount at Simon Marks JPS and underpins everything we do. A detailed account of our approach can be found in our SMSC policy. We hope this page gives an impression of some of what we do to nurture this element of our pupil’s development:

  • Our Stay On Green behaviour code promotes kindness, respect and empathy;
  • Celebratory whole school and class assemblies develop confidence and respect for others’ talents;
  • Themed weeks build an appreciation and understanding of British values (based on weekly Torah teachings, proximity to Jewish festivals, or national initiatives e.g. Black History Month);
  • Outings and visits broaden our pupil’s perspective on the wider community e.g. tashlich, cinema, Jewish Museum, Hackney Museum;
  • Visits from speakers and organisations offer opportunities to welcome new people into our school community and to hear new ideas e.g. Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, local councillors during National Democracy Week;
  • Our School Council builds independence and understanding of electoral processes as representatives are nominated by both pupils and staff to ensure an inclusive body;
  • Monitors in class encourage responsibility;
  • Displays in and around the classrooms reflect Jewish and wider cultures whilst celebrating pupil achievements;
  • Extra-curricular activities build confidence and offer opportunities to try something new;
  • Involvement in local arts events connect our pupils with the wider community through shared cultural experiences e.g. Hackney Music Festival and Hackney Dance Festival;
  • Links to local schools of other faiths strengthen pupils’ understanding of the diversity of our community and their place within it e.g. Olive Primary School through the Three Faiths Forum.