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Integrating SMSC within Teaching and Learning in FE

Integrating SMSC within Teaching and Learning in Further Education is a new resource designed to giving FE teaching staff the confidence to draw out the spiritual, moral, social and cultural implications of their curriculum areas out of the content they cover.

Developed from a project involving three Midlands colleges, the centrepiece of the resource is a grid of discussion starter topics for many of the common curriculum areas colleges cover, along with a number of worked examples and a substantial introduction exploring how and why SMSC should be fully integrated within teaching and learning – not just left as a bolt-on extra for tutorial and enrichment time,

The resource has been written by Dr John Wise (former CEO of fbfe, the National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education), Dr Ian Jones (of St Peter’s Saltley Trust).  The discussion starter grid has been developed from an original idea by staff at Peterborough Regional College, and used with permission.

The report is available as a free download here.


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All for One, One for All

If you’re interested in how Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development can be integrated into teaching and learning in vocational courses, take a look at the following video and report of a partnership project between Leicester College, the St Philip’s Centre and fbfe, with support from the SFA and NIACE, in 2013-14.

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Handling Faith Based Discussions and Disputes in your College

Huge thanks to participants and contributors who made yesterday’s workshop such a success, and also to North Warwickshire and Hinckley College for hosting us so well.  We’ll post a short-write up of the event on our ‘For Colleges‘ page in due course.  Meanwhile, remember your conflict style ‘animal’ and come down from the mountain tops!  (Intrigued?  Ask us!)