Spiritual Development, British Values and SMSC
Spiritual Development at St Matthew’s
The Church of England’s Vision for Education states a core desire that children will experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10). The worth of each student impels us to work to fulfil their God-given potential, whatever the religious or other tradition with which they or their family identify. All pupils at St Matthew’s are encouraged to stretch themselves spiritually, morally, intellectually, imaginatively and actively, and to aspire to be well-educated to prepare for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life, enabling them to make a positive contribution to society.
We define Spirituality as an ongoing, reflective journey. It is something that teaches us about questioning, understanding and relationships. Spirituality is primarily about relationships. It is about understanding the internal relationship with ourselves, and external relationships with one other and from a Christian perspective with God.” Spiritual Development: Interpretations of Spiritual Development in the Classroom (Church of England, 2019)
Spirituality enables our children to be happy; flourish and succeed and live life in all its fullness. Children are provided with opportunities to develop the four elements of spirituality during half termly spiritual afternoons and across the curriculum. These elements are: