Forwards Centre SMSC

At the the Forwards Centre we work with a set of key SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) principles which are closely linked to our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) work. These principles are laid out around:

  • We will help you to understand your emotions and try never to put you in a situation that will make you anxious or distressed (Emotions)
  • We will help you understand that learning new things means trying hard and making lots of mistakes and send you home each day with a new set of genuine, positive, happy memories. (Resilience)
  • We will help you build relationships and make friends. (Relationships)
  • We will provide a kind, understanding place where you feel accepted and safe enough to make long lasting, positive changes to your life. (Positive Change)

Each of these principles is then broken down into more detail and guides our practice.

SMSC is woven through our provision and the tabs above describe how we define spiritual, moral and social provision within our centre. We also have a cultural offer as we believe that in order to develop a fully rounded appreciation of the world around them, children need to experience and engage in a broad base of cultural experiences. This in turn will help develop the cultural capital needed for pupils to succeed in modern British society.

The Forwards Centre SEMH Principles-SMSC Tracking (Click here) details how the spiritual, moral and social aspect of SMSC are mapped onto our provision.

Spiritual development ties in closely with the emotional aspect of SEMH provision. Both are related to helping children feel the emotions that they are experiencing and learning how to express those emotions safely. Working in a person centred way means that children can explore their inner lives without fear of judgment and be gently challenged to make positive changes. It is only possible to do this when staff model well and children feel calm and safe. It is also concerned with children fully experiencing and feeling the joy of learning new things at their own pace and awakening that aspect of engagement and curiosity within them. This is a very important part of our work.

Moral development helps children to accept and take on the diverse frameworks and value systems of society and live by them. Again, this is a very important aspect of our work and we see children arrive and in the vast majority of cases take on the centre frameworks very quickly. In addition to having clear set of rules and expectations, we believe that it is equally important to live by and make explicit the things we value. In the centre, we make it clear that we value kindness, effort and the willingness to learn through making mistakes. We think that it is wrong for a person to be left isolated and alone and that we try our best to be understanding and helpful when someone is struggling.

The social aspect of SEMH and SMSC supports children in their efforts to form positive and rewarding relationships with others. One thing that ties our children together is that they have often found this challenging with their peers and end up presenting as lonely and distressed. Therefore another important aspect of our work is to help them develop and maintain relationships with key adults and other pupils in the centre.

We believe that many of the pupils arriving at the Forwards Centre have had limited cultural experiences and that their challenging behaviour has meant that many have also missed out on the experiences available to other children in their prior settings. We are committed to providing each child in the centre with a wide range of opportunities with the aim of developing the cultural capital needed to be successful in modern British society. We are part of the Bolton Educational Cultural Partnership and have created a Forwards Centre Cultural offer. The principles set out below allow us to work on cultural development in this way.

Key principle – In order to develop the cultural capital needed to be successful and a fully rounded appreciation of the world around them, children need to experience and engage in a broad base of cultural experiences.

All pupils entering the centre being given opportunity to:

    • Work with a resident artist on a sustained project
    • Take part in weekly dance sessions
    • Opportunity to sing on a regular basis with trained singing teacher
    • Learn a musical instrument on a weekly basis with staff from Bolton Music Service
    • Visit Bolton Museum.
    • Visit the Imperial War Museum
    • Attend a performance at the Octagon Theatre
    • Experience performances by a traveling theatre company
    • Take part in workshops delivered by professional actors, authors and artists.
    • Take part in dramatic performances
    • Enjoy story-telling and visit the local library
    • Produce short animations
    • Visit heritage sites
    • Acknowledge festivals and events such as Chinese New year, Easter, Diwali.
    • Attend the local cinema and art gallery