Leads into
GCSE/A Level Sociology
GCSE/A Level Ethics & Philosophy
A Level Psychology

Compulsory at Phase 1 and 2

SMSC at Newquay Tretherras

We are committed to the highest standards in Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education for all our students. Our delivery of SMSC provision is something that we are proud to call “The Tretherras Way”. It is the total combination of a rich and rewarding academic curriculum (including specialist SMSC lessons), dedicated pastoral care and support, and a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular clubs and activities such as Year 7 Camp and Activities Week.

Students undertake a curriculum that includes such important issues as relationships and sex education, a comprehensive drugs and alcohol education programme, internet safety, mental health and lessons designed to explore our core British Values (such as a belief in respecting and upholding the rule of law). For example, all our students participated in a Mock EU Referendum to explore the decisions involved in making democratic choices. This work on our shared British Values is undertaken as part of the Government’s “Prevent Strategy” which is intended to challenge the potential development of extremist ideologies.

We have also developed a set of seven core skills that are relevant in all academic studies, pastoral activities and extra-curricular opportunities that are designed to help develop the essential character of our students, and also to help them to succeed and flourish in the fast changing world of the 21st century.

These skills and character development challenges are explored during the academic year and achievements in them are celebrated throughout the school and at specific award ceremonies. Each year group has a Tretherras Way Award which is amongst the most prized accolades in the school.

Phase One – Years 7, 8 & 9
Students will have one hour of SMSC per week. In Year 7, lessons are linked very closely with the seven core NT Learning Skills of Motivation, Collaboration, Responsibility, Creativity, Enquiring Mind, Resilience and Self-Awareness. They explore a range of themes and issues that will relate to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development – including Family & Friends; Charity, Best of British Culture, Healthy Lifestyles and Puberty.

In Year 8, lessons still relate to the NT Learning Skills which are then developed further through the NT Challenge system during Tutorial sessions. In Year 8 lessons, students will explore issues connected with Careers, Self-Esteem, Disability, Relationships, Alcohol and Rights.

Phase Two
In Phase Two, students continue to have one hour of SMSC lessons every week. In Year 9, students will undertake a significant module in Emergency First Aid where they will learn skills of how to perform CPR, Recovery Position and other emergency techniques. They will also undertake further study in the five year Relationships & Sex education programme (RSE) and the Drugs and Alcohol education programme (DAE). Additional module in Mental Health and Internet Safety will also be studied.

In Years 10 and 11, students will continue with their RSE and DAE programmes of study. In addition to this, Year 10 students will explore Global Citizenship, British Culture, and Personal Development. In Year 11, students explore Careers Development Skills, Active Revision skills and Personal/Spiritual Development. SMSC is not studied as a GCSE qualification, although many of the issues covered will relate to GCSE Ethics and Philosophy/GCSE Sociology courses.