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Engagement & Mood Management (SMSC)

Engagement and Mood management is not a discrete, separate element of school life. All behaviours are communications, all in response to a feeling, experience or stimulus. Everything we do, all our words, actions, postures, planning, organization and also what we do not do, contributes to behaviour and indeed mood management. It is therefore crucial that staff consider their own behaviour and what this is communicating at all times, as this is where behaviour management begins. The school's procedure includes the ‘Prevent strategy of violent extremism. Any incidents that arise will be notified to Surrey Local Authority.

Our procedure brings coherence and consistency to the variety of interactions we all have with our students every day and to support a positive and safe environment. We aim to enable all young people to understand and value others, appreciate diversity and develop the skills to analyse and debate issues. We believe that this plays an important role in helping young people to become insightful and more resilient. We aim to facilitate a happy, safe school where laughter, enjoyment and fun are of paramount importance, for everyone.

We believe that for effective learning, teaching an interesting and engaging curriculum, enhanced by teaching a clear programme of ‘emotional intelligence’ and the development of SMSC, including drugs education, is essential to building resilience among young people. This sits alongside our commitment to further develop our anti-racist curriculum and targeted, personalised support for students.

Students are taught aspects of SMSC in Tutor groups including actively promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The school ensures that all students are educated about the signs and outcomes of radicalisation and extremism in society and within the school by ensuring: 

  • the curriculum is broad and balanced and promotes fundamental British values including democracy, respect, tolerance and diversity.
  • students are encouraged to share their views and recognise that they are entitled to have their own different beliefs which should not be used to influence others. 
  • students are aware of the schools E-Safety procedures and taught about how to stay safe when using the internet and are encouraged to recognise that people are not always who they say they are online. They are taught to seek adult help if they are concerned about anything they read or see on the internet. 

The school has undertaken the following activities to support the Anti-Radicalisation Programme:

  • Staff have completed on line training for Channel/Prevent.
  • Surrey Police will be visiting the school to look at the programme and provide advice on the best way to deliver information to our students.
  • Surrey Police will deliver an assembly to the students as well as a workshop for staff.
  • Information on anti radicalisation will be added to the “Preparation for Adult Life” document that the students are completing.