SMSC in Construction

Students’ Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural is developed in construction in a number of ways. We believe that in educating our students to think about the impact of their construction activities and on the environment and people. Sustainability and the clear understanding of how this is applied to the construction industry  are paramount if we are to protect the world’s natural resources. Students are also expected to grow and develop a sense of social responsibility, mutual respect and care for each other through our teaching of behaviour self-regulation. We expect students to influence the behaviour of others around them by encouraging a confidence to challenge each other when standards fall below our collective expectations.

Mutual respect is engendered through the process of peer evaluation of each other’s work and standards. We empower students to take criticism positively and to articulate their views in a respectful and sensitive way. We support this through the celebration of human fallibility as a motivator to learn and succeed.

We support students search for Meaning and Purpose through encouraging High standards in projects and challenge them with the fundamental question, How will the construction industry benefit society? Students draw upon a variety of sources for inspiration.

Equal Opportunities: Is Taught through collaborative and team learning. Valuing contributions and celebrating these as well as outcomes. We try to instil in students that the journey is more important than the outcome because that is where true understanding is gained.

Spiritual Development in Construction

Construction enables students to think about how buildings are designed and constructed within the environment, taking into account the long term future of sustainability within the environment. The importance of working with others and for clients. The practical aspects that can lead to inspiration on how to develop a modern sustainable future.

Year 10/11

Unit 1: Construction Technology

  • Understanding how designing and constructing buildings that are environmentally friendly, sustainable and take into consideration  the views of others

Through this knowledge student will be able to ‘design their own buildings with a view to how others would want to use them.


Moral Development in Construction

In construction we seek to develop moral consciences that focus through the knowledge of sustainability, environmental considerations when designing, planning and constructing buildings. Wider moral issues, such as the use of fossil fuels, carbon emissions, weather resistance, and the use of brown and greenfield sites.

Year 10/11

Unit 1: Construction Technology

Understanding how modern construction methods must take into consideration the environment, practically the use of fossil fuels, designing and constructing modern building that are capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions in both the UK and other ‘developing countries.

Social Development in Construction

We seek to teach students how to be ‘team players’ both within the workshop and in the social interactions. We teach and encourage self-regulation placing great emphasis on health & safety, tool usage and materials wastage. Students quickly become responsible ‘team players’.

Year 10/11

Unit 6:

Carpentry & Joinery Techniques

Understanding how to use tools and equipment in a safe manner without endangering themselves or others.  Take responsibility for keep their workspace clean and tidy, materials to the  avoid wastage and encourage recycling whenever possible.

Cultural Development in Construction

Look at how construction can develop a ‘sense of community’ when large construction development projects for the general public. How building for a sustainable community will improve opportunities and live balance of the end users. Not least is the importance of designing and constructing buildings that are aesthetically appealing that stimulate the communities that they have been designed for.

Year 10/11

Unit 2:

Construction and Design

  • understanding of how designing for appearance and aesthetics – creating an attractive, innovative and outstanding design for the external and internal spaces of a building
  •  designing for sustainability – using green technology and materials to reduce the harmful impact of a building on the environment
  • designing for functionality – creating a lasting environment that will not need major changes or refurbishments to extend its useful life for its occupants
  • designing for occupant and public safety – allowing safe access for everyone who uses the building and its facilities.


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