What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. It is not a stand-alone curriculum subject but is embedded across the whole curriculum and is an integral part of school life.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
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 in religious education and the non-statutory framework for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE). A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos, effective relationships throughout the school, collective worship, and other curriculum activities.
Pupils’ spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in their daily lives. Spiritual development involves the children being reflective on their own beliefs and being respectful of the beliefs, feelings and values of others. Many spiritual development activities involve acts of collective worship and are covered by the RE curriculum (Durham Agreed Syllabus)
Pupils’ moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them. It teaches the children about the consequences of their actions and respect for the civil and criminal law of England. Opportunities for discussion regarding moral and ethical issues are provided through our curriculum, particularly in history and geography lessons. We are also participating in the annual Go Givers Make A Difference Challenge which covers many aspects of moral development.
Pupils’ social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. It is providing children with the knowledge, skills and experiences to be an effective member of society. Pupils develop respect for all regardless of religious, ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds. Pupils are encouraged to uphold the British values of democracy, law, liberty, respect and tolerance of all. Much of this learning can be achieved through our curriculum.
Cultural development allows pupils to understand the cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage. It educates children on the wide cultural diversity of Britain and encourages celebration, respect, tolerance and acceptance of all regardless of different faiths or cultures. Children should also be encouraged to participate in artistic, sporting and cultural activities. Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its role in shaping our history and values is covered as part of cultural development.
Promoting Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
The school places a great focus on the promotion of the children’s personal, social, health and citizenship education as these are all needed for effective preparation for the world of work and adult life.