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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC)

What is SMSC?

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development incorporates all of the experiences, planned and unplanned, received by young people in the course of their time in school that promotes their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development, and thus the wellbeing of both the individual and ultimately the wider community. We ensure that pupils are given opportunities and learning experiences to help them to prepare for life in modern Britain and to understand British values.

Our Character Education curriculum helps to give children the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.  In undertaking character education and life in modern Britain, children learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others, and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.  They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences.  They find out about political and social institutions which affect their lives, as well as their rights and duties as individuals and members of society.  We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.

The areas covered by Character Education and Life in Modern Britain are as follows:

  • Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of the children‟ s abilities.

  • Preparing to play an active role as citizens.

  • Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.

  • Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.


 British Values Statement (pdf file) 

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