SMSC-Social, Moral, Spiritual 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 ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


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.


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


At Woodside School, we are committed to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children. We aim to prepare them to take a full role in society as confident individuals and good citizens.

This is modelled at all levels of the school community through mutual respect and an appreciation of diversity. Relevant issues are explored through the curriculum, both in planned ways and through incidental opportunities. The principles of SMSC run through all aspects of school life, including casual interactions, and through many areas of practice, including  having a wide-ranging and exciting curriculum which inspires children to find out more about the world in all its variety. Teaching methodologies that give value to peer discussion and collaborative working practices encapsulate in daily planning the skills that pupils will need to be successful and productive in the wider society.

  • SMSC statement
  • Examples of activities/strands of school life
Be respectful and reflective about their own beliefs, and those of others locally, nationally and globally
  • RE curriculum
  • Work on news and current affairs (e.g. First News)
  • Assemblies
  • P4C/Circle time sessions – planned & responsive discussion depending on current news/needs.
  • Visitors
Be fascinated by diversity, their own life and the world they inhabit
  • School community events
  • Diversity Days
  • Rich programme of visits and use of environment as a stimulus for learning 
Be imaginative and creative
  • Drama workshops
  • Art, Computer, Lego, Film  Clubs
  • Curriculum links
  • Sports competitions, PE lunchtime clubs 
  • Enterprise in Year 6
  • Forest School
  • Woodland Adventure Club
Recognise right and wrong, understand the consequences of their actions, and respect the law
  • Behaviour Policy and practice
  • Nurture Group
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Road Safety talks & Fire Service talks
  • Visits from police
  • Strong links with community police
Be able to discuss ethical and moral issues in a reasoned manner
  • Talk for Learning/P4C
  • Curriculum topics address a wide variety of ethical and moral issues 
Use social skills in a range of situations
  • Sporting Competition
  • Art Competitions
  • School choir
  • Residentials
  • Welcoming visitors in interactive events, e.g. Grandparents Day and Parent’s Evening.


Want to help others in the immediate and wider communities
  • Strong and respectful relationships
  • Charity events and fundraising organised by the children
  • Visits from charitable organisations
  • Play Budddy and Peer Mediators


Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of democracy, rule of law, liberty and tolerance
  • Commemoration
  • Democracy in action through School Council.
  • Mock elections/discussion to coincide with local or national polls.
  • Fundraising initiatives driven by pupils.
  • eSafety work to protect from websites, gaming and challenges of social media.
  • Off curricular days such as Diverstiy Day, RE Day, Environmernt Day
Appreciate that there are many cultures, all of which are shaped by others and which continuously develop and interlink in modern Britain
  • Visits to different places of worships
  • Celebration/acknowledgement of different festivals
  • Assemblies
Have a basic understanding of the parliamentary system of government
  • School council elections
  • Assemblies
Have opportunities to experience and take part in a wide range of cultural activities, such as sport, drama, art, dance and music.
  • Wide range of clubs and curricular provision
  • Range of music played through school which also lead to larger scale performances linked to drama and plays
  • Gardening Club and inter-year competition
  • Art Club (pupil initiated)
  • Choir
  • Rock Steady workshops