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

Our nice new MPV delivered today.

We have taken deliver y of our first ever Pilgrim Minibus.  It looks rather smart and will expand our opportunities to transport our pupils for additional enrichment opportunites and D of E excursions etc.

Pilgrim Minibus

Celebrating Success

Following last week’s article about Duke of Edinburgh, We are pleased to share the news that DA and SB have been invited to Buckingham Palace as part of the Dof E celebrations in May.

On 22nd March staff and pupils at the Sleaford base walked a mile for Sports relief. They also held a cake sale at break and participated in a mile of pennies (needless to say it wasn’t quite a mile!!). Total raised came to £67.50. Many thanks to JD for organising this and to those staff who baked cakes to sell.

 The career’s fair held in Lincoln on Monday 19th March was a big success. The workshops on CV writing and interview techniques etc were particularly well received by our pupils.

Celebrating Success - D of E Update

On Wednesday 7th March we had the official ceremony that declared us an official centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mick Hoare who is the East Midlands Operations Officer for Dof E came to the Sleaford base and met with some of the pupils who have embarked on bronze so far and then presented the framed certificate. We were pleased to have governors in attendance in this occasion too.

Celebrating Success - Visit to Bunkers Care Home

Just after half term, two of our year 11 pupils from Lincoln, ET and MH, visited the Bunkers Care Home as part of their Health and Social care course. The pupils sat with around 10 residents and completed craft activities with them. They achieved their objectives for the BTEC course but also were able to use the opportunity to grow their confidence in visiting new places and their communication skills in meeting new people. This is what therapeutic education looks like in practice! We received very positive feedback from the care home who would like to be able to host more of these visits. Many thanks to HS (RSO) for accompanying the girls and to NB for setting up the experience.

BLESMA Charity Workshop

The school has arranged for a visit from the charity BLESMA, the limbless veterans, to deliver free workshops from veterans to inspire and motivate pupils. 

The aim of the workshop is:

  • To inspire pupils with the BLESMA members stories.
  • Understand what it is to overcome adversity and promote how to be resilient.
  • Encourage healthy behaviours.
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem, and make individuals realise that we all go through tough times.
  • Improve interpersonal relationships and skills.