Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum is essential to the academic progress of pupils. It doesn’t happen in isolation- it saturates through our school and is linked to everything we do, our ethos and attitude. It is articulated by all members of the school community and is visible in day-to-day decisions and relationships.
All areas of the curriculum contribute to SMSC development. Some occurs as a result of informal, opportunistic or accidental occurrences, but we do not leave it to chance. It is the foundation of our broad and balanced curriculum , enabling children and the adults who work with them to flourish.
- Spiritual– Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
- Moral– Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
- Social– Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
- Cultural– Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
- SMSC Policy 2021-23 (138KB)
We teach British Values through SMSC ( spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development and through the curriculum which we do through following the Jigsaw scheme.
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith