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SMSC is taught across the school through all the different subject areas. It is also taught alongside PSHE, Citizenship and Religious Studies during our Extended Tutor Time Programme as well as during assembly. Our overall aims are to develop successful learners, who are confident individuals and responsible citizens.

SMSC aims to develop students socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

The spiritual development of students is shown by:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which form students perspective on life, and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.


The moral development of students is shown by:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

The social development of students is shown by:

  • Use a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

The cultural development of students is shown by:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting, and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

The main aims of Personal, Health, Social and Economic education or PSHE are for students to develop understanding about the following,

  • leading healthier lifestyles
  • body image and health issues
  • managing personal finance
  • careers education
  • understanding risk
  • avoiding harm from alcohol and drugs
  • sex and relationships.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Each trip the school runs will support students in their SMSC development.


Miss S Underwood (Head of SMSC)

The Head of SMSC is responsible for the planning of ETT and the assembly programme. Students have opportunities to contribute to the work of the School Council. Year teams and subject leaders will provide opportunities for participation and where appropriate, encourage responsible action. All subjects will make explicit links with SMSC in their schemes of work and lessons. They will provide progress file evidence. Planned units of work for SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship are incorporated into the extended tutor time programme.

Parents and carers are asked to encourage participation in planned community activities and clubs for young people.

Tutors are responsible for the delivery of SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship through Extended Tutor Times. Everybody within school, working in partnership with outside agencies, has a valuable part to play in achieving these aims.

SMSC & ETT works closely with Religious Studies to promote students social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Click here to see extra curricular activities that involve both Religious Studies and SMSC.

SMSC, PSHE, Extended Tutor Times, Assemblies and

cross-curricular experiences will enable students to:

  • Respect themselves as individuals; whilst developing an understanding, tolerance and respect for others and their differences, treating all people as equal
  • Develop a clear set of values and attitudes and establish a strong moral code
  • Value themselves as unique human beings capable of spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical growth and development
  • Develop their abilities and talents fully, setting achievable goals and using their talents to help others in the community
  • Learn to enjoy a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop family relationships and value family as a foundation of society
  • Understand the principles of society and democracy
  • Respect the rule of law and encourage others to do so
  • Develop an understanding of the beliefs and practices of major world religions and cultures
  • Respect the diversity of the environment and take responsibility for its maintenance for future generations

The programme will aid pupils to develop skills of:

  • Enquiry and communication: by analysing sources of information, expressing opinions, defending opinions and participating in discussion and debate
  • Participation and responsible action: by thinking about and demonstrating empathy for others’ opinions and experiences, critically evaluating others’ views and taking part in activities within the school community