Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum

Our Values

Our Latimer Arts College values of Respect, Equality, Determination, Excellence and Enjoyment, form the foundations of our college and reflect our aim to place no boundaries on ambition, no limits on aspirations and no barriers in the way of achievement.

As a community we are committed to ensuring that each person will be the best that they can be by thriving in an environment where there is no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and political or financial status. 

These values align with those of the Government who define ‘British Values’ as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

The content and delivery of our curriculum helps to promote and instil these values.  In addition to the opportunities as detailed in each year group’s curriculum pathway, we also take opportunities to promote these values through our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) curriculum.

A summary of the curriculum for each Key Stage can be viewed here:

KS3 SMSC Curriculum Summary 

KS4 SMSC Curriculum Summary  

KS5 SMSC Curriculum Summary

It includes:

Our Assembly Programme

Our assemblies are diverse and promote and reinforce traditional values, especially those of respect and tolerance. Regular assemblies are delivered on e-safety, anti-bullying, participation in charity work and topical issues.

Our Vertical Tutoring / Personal Development Curriculum (PDP)

Mutual respect is a vital part of our vertical tutoring programme. Our students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are taught how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety policy and PDP work on ‘Keeping Myself Safe’.

Our Religious Studies Curriculum  (RS)

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is promoted in RS as our students gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices for those religions represented in the UK. Planning for RS is directed by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) - Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.

Our Physical Education Curriculum (PE)

Promotion of the concept of “fair play”, following and developing rules, celebrating and rewarding success, accepting defeat and participating in activities that promote cooperation with others and inclusion for all form an integral part of our PE curriculum.

DEMOS (Student Council) /Eco Schools

The college promotes democratic processes through the election of DEMOS reps from each form and Eco Schools representatives. This fosters the concept of freedom of speech and group action to address need and concerns.

Involvement in key local and national events:

Our enrichment programme is comprehensive, and is based around both annual, recurring and unique events and includes activities such as:

  • MacMillan Coffee Morning
  • Comic Relief / Sports Relief
  • Remembrance Day
  • Children in Need
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • Fairtrade Fortnight
  • Black History Month
  • World Book Day
  • The Olympics