Great Oldbury Primary Academy

Great Oldbury Little Learners

Great Oldbury Little Learners

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

What is SMSC?

It is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children in our school. At our school, these values are reinforced in a variety of ways, underpinned by the Dream, Believe, Achieve Vision. This is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that should be present in lessons and behaviour in school.

Some lessons lend themselves more easily to direct SMSC development such as PSHE, Philosophy for Children and RE. We also aim to develop SMSC through assemblies, behaviour expectations and our attitudes in school.

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SMSC development is focused on tolerance for others with respect for the rule of law as core values. The Department for Education (DfE) have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance with those with different faiths and beliefs.’ 

British Values

 As articulated in the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy of 2011 we have a focus on the core British values which are: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and belief.

Through our SMSC provision we:

  • Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.

  • Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.

  • Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.

  • Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect their own and other cultures.

  • Encourage respect for other people.

  • Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect on the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

Click here for information on British Values.

How do we ensure there are opportunities for SMSC development?

 At Great Oldbury Primary Academy we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We want to give each child the opportunity to explore social and moral issue; develop a sense of social and moral responsibility and promote the British Values. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Their own values and beliefs

  • Their own spiritual awareness

  • Their own high standards of personal behaviour

  • Their team and collaborative skills

  • A positive, caring attitude towards other people

  • An understanding of their social and cultural traditions

  • An understanding of democratic processes and the law in England

  • An appreciation and acceptance of the diversity and richness of their cultures

  • Their opportunities to experience other cultures

  • Their ability to celebrate each other’s successes

  • Their access to a range of educational visits

For more information about how we  develop these principles, please click here.