What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.


Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.


Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

How we track and monitor SMSC at GSSC

At GSSC we use ‘Gridmaker’ to track SMSC across the curriculum

Aims of Spiritual Development

  • The ability to listen and be still
  • The ability to sense awe, wonder and mystery in the world around them
  • The ability to sense the special nature of human relationships
  • The ability to reflect
  • The awareness of their own individuality

Objectives for Spiritual Development

  • To develop the skill of being physically still, yet alert
  • To develop the ability to use own senses
  • To promote an awareness of, and enjoyment in, using one’s imaginative and aesthetic potential – appreciating language, imagery, poetry, arts etc
  • To encourage quiet reflection during a lesson, assembly or worship
  • To develop individual self- confidence in expressing inner thought and feelings in a variety of ways
  • To provide opportunities to develop their own system of beliefs and values
  • To consider the mystery of God and the wonder of His world and care for the world around them
  • To find an inner confidence and peace through reflection
  • To understand the importance of religion and belief to people
  • To recognise the value of the non materialistic world
  • To have opportunities to develop faith and trust
  • To celebrate their own uniqueness

Aim for Moral Development

  • To develop understanding of the principles lying behind decisions and actions
  • To be able to try to take moral decisions for themselves
  • To try to assume moral responsibility through belief and conviction
  • To be able to distinguish between right and wrong
  • To be able to listen and respond to the needs of others

Objectives for Moral Development

  • To be honest and tell the truth
  • To respect the rights and property of themselves and others
  • To help those less fortunate than themselves
  • To develop an understanding of compassion and forgiveness
  • To act considerately towards others
  • To take responsibility for one’s own actions, to experience remorse and be able to adopt appropriate behaviour
  • To develop ability to work out difference between right and wrong themselves
  • To exercise self-discipline
  • To develop high expectations
  • To conform to rules and regulations for the good of all

Aims for Social Developement

  • To relate positively to others
  • To participate fully and take responsibility in the classroom and in the school
  • To use appropriate behaviour, according to situations
  • To engage successfully in partnership with others
  • To exercise personal responsibility and initiative
  • To understand that, as individuals, we depend on family, school and society

Objectives for Social Development

  • To develop good speaking and listening skills via own forms of communication
  • To share such emotions as anguish, fear, joy, love and hope
  • To realise there are things each person can do well
  • To behave with courtesy, generosity, politeness and respect and to show acceptance of others, showing tolerance and respect for differences
  • To show sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others
  • To work co-operatively in pairs and small groups to develop their interactive skills
  • To develop skills of responsibility, commitment, initiative and co-operation needed in teamwork, as team leaders and team members
  • To interact positively with others through contracts outside school e.g. sporting activities, visits, community and music concerts etc
  • To develop an understanding of citizenship and to experience being part of a whole caring community
  • To develop appropriate behaviour towards adults and each other
  • To show care and consideration for others by sharing and taking turns
  • To demonstrate fairness and honesty for everyone
  • To equip themselves to make life choices and develop skills needed to function in society

Aims for Cultural Development

  • To develop a sense of belonging to pupils’ own culture and being proud of their cultural background
  • To respond to cultural events
  • To share different cultural experiences
  • To respect different cultural traditions

Objectives for Cultural Development

  • To respond to literature, music, dance, art, design, technology and sport to further their own personal cultural development
  • To develop a love of learning
  • To recognise and understand the similarities and differences between people and be non-judgmental of these differences
  • To develop an understanding of British cultural tradition
  • To respect and appreciate the values and customs of other ethnic and faith groups which make up modern British society, and the world beyond
  • To understand and be tolerant of the diversity of religious, social, aesthetic, ethnic and political traditions and practices in their own community as well as the wider community
  • To develop the ability to value current cultural enthusiasms, icons, music and media, and independently of peer pressure
  • To develop tolerance of different beliefs and cultures

Provision of Opportunities

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development does not take place in any one aspect, in isolation of other aspects of school life.

We aim to create a caring environment where everyone is welcome, and given the opportunity to develop their full potential.

We endeavour to provide an environment and ethos in which children and adults can grow and develop in spirituality and where positive attitudes and consistency provide children with good role models, and similarly, older children are expected to demonstrate good behaviour to younger children. All children are valued equally whatever their age or stage of development, and are entitled to maximum success. The ethos encourages safe, sensible behaviour incorporating good manners, consideration, courtesy and respect for others whilst encouraging imagination, inspiration, independence, resilience and reflection.

Within RE and PSHE, The School will

  • Allow pupils to investigate and reflect upon their own beliefs and values
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to share what is meaningful and significant to them
  • Provide opportunities for prayer, reflection and silence
  • Encourage a balance of music, speech, silence and the creative arts when exploring spiritual development
  • Help pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of religion and faith
  • Explore symbols, imagery and metaphor
  • Explore what commitment means
  • Promote respect for people and property
  • Promote the school community
  • Promote and understanding of the differences between right and wrong
  • Help pupils understand how their actions affect others
  • Praise good behaviour positively and reward publicly
  • Provide opportunities to discuss and explore differences, similarities, equal rights, peer pressure and discrimination
  • Provide opportunities to acquire and develop those skills, values and attitudes which enhance willingness to participate, to work co-operatively and help others
  • Provide opportunities to learn about society and community cohesion, including the family, the local community, and the wider world

The Broader Curriculum

  • All subjects contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. (See attached Appendices).
  • Where there is a positive climate and ethos just about everything the school does will contribute to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and will be recorded using on line SMSC tracking system.

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