Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

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.


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 ethi 


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

cal issues; offer reasoned views. 


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

SMSC within each class at Lightmoor is not taught as a discrete lesson, but rather permeates all areas of school life.  As a school we follow the Chris Quigley secrets to sucess.

These are: Improve, understand others, don't give up, try new things, Work hard, concentrate, push yourself and imagine.

The skills above are displayed in the school hall and are present in all classrooms and around school.  As a class teacher, it is important to share the aims and goals in each area with individual pupils in order to support their personal, emotional development, by seeking areas in which to improve. These areas will provide a ‘whole-school’ focus in creation of school codes of conduct and may be integrated into your own class-based rules and reward systems. 

SMSC is taught on going through the whole curriculum and is used as a focus for assemblies and class assemblies on a Thursday Morning. We teach through the Human Rights and  have focus 'Right of the week' each week.  

introducing the Loud Mouth Theatre for KS2 and ‘Expect Respect’.