Primary School

To be inspired and be inspiring

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC)

Although not a subject on its own, SMSC threads throughout our curriculum.What is SMSC?

Spiritual development

Personal development relating to the spirit or soul and the intangible. N.B. It does not relate to physical nature or matter and is not synonymous with religious education - although religious education can be a major vehicle for the delivery of spiritual matters.


Moral development

Personal development relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong.


Social development

Personal development concerned with living in a community rather than alone. 

Cultural development

Personal development concerned with the total of inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge which constitute the shared basis for social action. 

It is important to note that other policies directly influence, support and promote SMSC.


Our whole-school Behaviour and Equal Opportunities policies show that SMSC values form an integral part of daily classroom practice. Our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) scheme of work also contributes substantially to the promotion of SMSC awareness within school.

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