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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC)

Although not a subject on its own, SMSC threads throughout our curriculum.

What is SMSC?

All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  Explicit opportunities to promote pupils’ development in these areas are provided within religious education and personal, social, health education (PSHE).  A significant contribution is also made by our school ethos and values, other curriculum activities, trips, visitors and assemblies.

Spiritual Development

The ability to be reflective about their own beliefs and to be interested in and have respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values; to have a sense of enjoyment in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

Moral Development

The ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to be able to apply this understanding in their own lives.  Also, for pupils to understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions and to begin to offer reasoned views about a variety of issues.

Social Development

The use a range of social skills in a variety of contexts and a willingness to participate in a range of communities and social settings by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts.

Cultural Development

An understanding of cultural traditions and heritage and the ability to appreciate and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.   Children will acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.



British Values 

As part of the requirement to provide for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, the school is expected to actively promote fundamental British values. 

The government defines these as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs 

We actively promote these values in a range of ways some of which include:

  • School assemblies
  • School values
  • PSHE and RE lessons
  • The wider curriculum
  • Behaviour expectations
  • School Council

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural questionnaire results