Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development plays a key role in children’s ability to learn and achieve during their time at school. Our academy is a warm and supportive environment, we want every child to feel happy, safe and valued.

We promote fundamental British values through SMSC.

  • tolerance of others,
  • the rule of law,
  • the role of democracy,
  • the importance of being part of the community,
  • the ability to resolve conflicts in an appropriate way and an understanding of their cultural heritage.

We provide our children opportunities to explore and develop: 

  • their own spiritual awareness; 
  • their own values and beliefs; 
  • their own high standards of personal behaviour; 
  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people; 
  • an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions; 
  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures within Britain today. We do this through: 
  • Giving them the knowledge and understanding of a variety of beliefs, religions and philosophies during RE teaching and assemblies; 
  • Giving opportunities to question and engage in respectful dialogue with people who hold different beliefs to themselves; 
  • Visits to places of worship to extend their understanding of different beliefs and cultures; 
  • Providing opportunities to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful; for example, through Reading, History, Drama, Music, Art and PSHCE; 
  • Providing opportunities to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural environment; for example, using of school grounds, visits that include appreciation of the natural world; 
  • Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school; for example; Behaviour Policy, Class Rules, Anti Bullying Week, and E-Safety lessons; 
  • Promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality (nclusion, Equal Opportunities, Accessibility Plans and SEND policies); 
  • Giving opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong ( PSHCE, RE, History, English, Assemblies, Drama, School Council, visits from Police, Paramedics and the Fire Service). 
  • Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour (Headteacher’s Awards, Dojos, Star of the Week, ‘Always’ badges); 
  • Taking part in Harvest Festivals to support the food bank, Achievement Assemblies; and assembly themes developing a range of values; 
  • Encouraging children to work cooperatively; 
  • Providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process and participate in making community decisions (Voting for class School Council representatives; School Council Meetings); 
  • Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility (Buddies, School Council representatives, class monitors); 
  • Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents (Dance club, sporting clubs and competitions, gifted and talented register, achievement assemblies).