Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development doesn’t stop when you leave school. This partnership project between WM Churches’ FE Council and Dare2Engage seeks to develop interactive learning resources for 16-19s, using themes and dispositions from the 2007 Birmingham Agreed Syllabus.
Surveys suggest that 16-19s value the exploration of values, beliefs and faith as part of their studies. Colleges of Further Education are required to ensure that teaching ‘promotes learners’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’ (Common Inspection Framework 2015). But there are comparatively few resources written specifically for the FE context, and which are adaptable to the variety of ways in which SMSC is delivered in colleges.
The West Midlands Churches’ FE Council and Dare2Engage are seeking to address this through the development of a bespoke set of resources for use in college, drawing on some of the 24 ‘dispositions’ in the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. The resources will be interactive, with a central core component and a menu of supporting activities. They will be designed as a resource for personal spiritual and moral development and religious literacy in a religiously diverse society.
The project is supporting with grant-funding from St Peter’s Saltley Trust, the Jerusalem Trust and the Friends Hall Farm Street Trust.
For more information see the West Midlands Churches’ FE Council website http://wmcfec.org.uk/for-colleges/