The Meaning of SMSC
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural.
- 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 - Investigate and offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
- Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Our Approach to SMSC
We promote SMSC through our six school aims:
- Curriculum - Teachers are aware of the need to plan positive opportunities to develop a wide variety of spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs. Some evidence of SMSC should be found in every lesson. During an inspection, Ofsted gather evidence of the impact of the curriculum on developing aspects of the pupils’ SMSC development.
- Relationships - We build up relationships of trust, respect and support between staff, governors, parents, advisory colleagues and friends in the local community for the good of the children within our school. This helps us to promote moral, social and cultural values.
- Environment - We encourage an enthusiasm for learning through our school environment. Using and caring for our school environment helps us to promote spiritual, moral and social values in school.
- Active - We promote healthy lifestyles in school through PSHE lessons, healthy week activities, after school clubs, playground apparatus and celebrating sporting achievements. We care for children’s emotional wellbeing. Our well-planned, coherent and effective PSHE education programme provides evidence of the school’s SMSC provision.
- Trustworthy - Through the school the concepts and processes of citizenship are taught through school council elections, classroom group projects, behaviour management, our International Schools Award and our links with local schools in our partnership. The children learn to appreciate British values.
- Expectations - The school has high expectations of the children and everyone connected with the school. Promoting the well-being of pupils, celebrating their successes and involving children in teaching and school decisions are key parts of our school ethos.