SMSC in our school

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which, according to the government, is defined as …

“… the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise; themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible.”  Hansard, 2006.

All schools in England must show a commitment to promoting the following aspects:

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

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

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

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


How does The Edward Richardson Community Primary School achieve these expectations?

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and to achieve, whilst also enabling them to more fully understand the world in which we live.  We strive to achieve high standards within our school and these values are typified in our approach to SMSC development. We firmly believe in a holistic educational experience and curriculum for our pupils which ensures that they are provided with opportunities and activities intended to fully develop them as individuals.  Our children are fully encouraged to explore and cultivate their own values, whilst being guided to understand that those of others may differ.

We aim to enhance SMSC provision in school through a range of means: assemblies, lessons/topics, everyday behaviours and actions and special days.  These have included two Diversity Days, one focusing on the British Value of tolerance and  the other on disabilities,  and a 'Happy Heads  Day' to promote mental wellbeing.  We support a number of charities and use this to educate our children on a range of topics: in 2018, we raised money for  our local food bank, Children in Need, Sports Relief, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Muscular Dystrophy UK and Brain Tumour reserach