Media SMSC

Media SMSC

SMSC  in Media.

Whilst the department prides itself on the teaching of Media Studies as a specialist subject, we also take the development of the whole child very seriously and contribute to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of all of our students.

We contribute in the formal curriculum via:


  • Non-fiction texts that explore and reflect upon topical issues
  • Use of film and other media to inform and challenge beliefs and ideas
  • Use of imagination and creativity in a range of project-based/problem-solving activities.
  • Specific set films that allow students to explore representations of SMSC:

  • Year 7: The Tempest - issues to do with spirituality, family, love and the fine line that exists between good and evil
  • Year 8: Romeo and Juliet - exploring themes of love, honour, duty and the differences between right and wrong. Students will also consider the effects of peer pressure and the pros and cons of friendship and standing up for beliefs.
  • Year 8: Of Mice and Men - this contemporary novel allows groups to tackle ideas around friendship, loyalty, ambition/dreams and the effects of wider society on individuals.
  • Year 9: Macbeth - looking at issues such as power, ambition and trust. Friendship and loyalty is explored, as well as the destructive nature of relationships.


  • Moral debates (e.g. celebrity culture, challenging stereotypes etc.)
  • Collaborative approaches to learning that promote tolerance and inclusion
  • Non-fiction texts that explore and reflect upon topical issues
  • Use of film and other media to inform and challenge beliefs and ideas.
  • Students are currently studying Sci-Fi films such as Sunshine, Blade Runner and Minority Report. These all allow groups to explore issues to do with identity, race/religion and segregation through contemporary film texts.
  • The current "Television News" unit for the exam allows students to explore the presentation of events from around the world, with a particular focus on issues such as the target audience of news media, bias and the effect of the presentation of news on a variety of people.
  • The KS4 Controlled Assessment asks students to create an issue awareness campaign (e.g. on charities) which enables a focus on creativity and wider world issues.



  • Social Realism as a specific curriculum area - allows students to tackle/challenge issues of identity/culture/relationships.
  • Key moral issues exported through adult-orientated texts and wider media platforms.
  • Year 12 have an exam topic on "identity", focusing on race, gender, sexuality, inequality etc.


In our informal provision, we contribute via:

  • Film and Media club - allows students from across the spectrum of the school's cohort to experience a wider range of cultural/social opportunities.
  • BBC School Reporters - participation a wide variety of settings, working collaboratively with a range of media professionals.
  • Redshift Radio - student leadership project that uses radio as a driver for students to access a range of experiences that they may otherwise struggle to get involved in.
  • Centenary commemorations of WWI - media input into this whole school project.
  • Enrichment Day - the Media team will help with the filming and/or recording of these events in preparation for showcasing them on Achievements Day.


Throughout KS3-KS5, we feel that study of the subject allows students to appreciate the world around them through media and enables them to explore and challenge beliefs and ideas.