Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

Celebrating diversity; unlocking the potential

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. As part of work in this area, it meets Article 2 for the Rights of the Child where they apply to every child without discrimination.


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 and have an appreciation of British Values.


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 and acceptance.

SMSC is at the heart of the Offmore curriculum

SMSC is at the heart of the Offmore curriculum and all our topics revolve around the importance of these areas. The curriculum maps can be viewed here:

Phase Curriculum Overviews

The children of Offmore reflect upon SMSC learning and experiences using thought clouds and these are seen regularly through our Learning Journey books.

This gives the children the opportunity to share their opinions and views during SMSC sessions.

The Development and Awareness of SMSC at Offmore 

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people's faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences

 We promote spiritual development through:

  • Our RE Curriculum
  • Whole school Assemblies
  • Weekly class reflection time
  • Philosophy for children - thinking skills embedding in the curriculum

 Pupils' moral development is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily 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 through our behaviour code
  • 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

 We promote moral development through:

  • Our school behaviour code, Dojo system and celebration assemblies
  • Our 7 Core School Values
  • Assemblies and Circle Times
  • Debating moral issues within the curriculum, our PSHE programme and school council sessions
  • Exploring moral stories in Literacy including stories with dilemmas
  • Including fair-trade issues in topics

Pupils' social development is shown by their:

  • Use of 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

We promote social development through:

  • Our school behaviour code, dojo system and celebration assemblies
  • Our 7 Core School Values
  • Circle Time and class reflection sessions
  • KS2 Play Leaders supporting their younger peers in the KS1 playground
  • House captains and Vice captains
  • School Council representatives
  • A range of extra-curricular activities (lunch-time clubs and after school clubs) along with sign posting to local organisations/clubs
  • Opportunities to vote for Play Leaders, House Captains and School Council representatives
  • Participating in local community events such as Sports competitions and choir events
  • Regular off site visits to enhance learning
  • Events such as anti-bullying week and World Autism Awareness Day

Pupils' cultural development is shown by their:

  • 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

 We promote cultural development through:

  • The curriculum and learning about different countries, cultures, festivals and people who have shaped our own culture and beyond
  • Celebrating our different cultures and languages in school
  • Assemblies
  • Involvement in themed weeks such as Eco day and Arts week
  • Our RE curriculum
  • Our History and Geography curriculum; local, national and global