SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It is stated that all schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. Through ensuring pupils’ SMSC development, schools can also demonstrate they are actively promoting fundamental British values.
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 do we promote and support SMSC at Sacred Heart?
At Sacred Heart, teachers promote SMSC in lots of different ways. Obvious ways are in Religious Education and assemblies, but SMSC can be developed in all subjects and lots of aspects of school life. These could include:
English – where children will read a range of different fiction books set in different countries and cultures.
Maths – where children might look at Islamic art when learning about shape and symmetry.
Science – where values and morals are considered, such as when teaching about evolution in Year 6 (see the National Curriculum)
Relationships and Sex Education – where we make sure we talk about different attitudes and beliefs held by different faith groups and individuals.
SEAL sessions – where we promote the social and emotional aspects of learning.
Responding and reflecting up on a religious festival or an element of culture – such as a painting or novel (respecting all beliefs, including those who choose to have no faith).
Here you can find some resources related to the SMSC subject.
Sacred Heart is a catholic school with strong parish links that serves a multi-faith community and supports the many different faiths of all of its pupils. SMSC is woven into our policies and practice, and ingrained in our ethos.
For more information please visit the Citizenship Foundation website:
You can also check out our ‘British Values‘ page.