Forwards Centre SMSC

The Forwards Centre provides SEMH (social, emotional, mental health) provision for primary aged pupils. This is closely linked to our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) work. We work to a set of key principles which are laid out around:

  • We will help you build relationships and make friends.
  • We will help you understand the things that make you anxious.
  • We will help you accept that learning new things means trying hard and making lots of mistakes.
  • We will help you explore the choices you can make.

Each of these key aspects of our work is then broken down into more detail and provides the principles which guide our practice. Click on the above tabs to see each aspect.

SMSC is woven through the provision in the centre and 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.

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 things 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. We are part of the Bolton Educational Cultural Partnership and have created a Forwards Centre Cultural offer which ensures that during their time in the centre all pupils will have the 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