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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.

British Values

We teach British Values through SMSC ( spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development and through the curriculum which we do through following the Jigsaw scheme.

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith


Further and deeper thinking and exploring of British Values also takes place through learning in English and History