Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education

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What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education
All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. Students are marked on ability and willingness.
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world;
use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Students’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their 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.
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues;
offer reasoned views.

Students’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • understanding of the consequences of their actions
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts;
understand how communities work.
Students’ social development is shown by their:
  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. 
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities;
understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Why do we deliver SMSC?

At Magna Academy, we are dedicated to developing the whole student.

We want to help our students grow into being responsible and positive members of the community. To become great citizens. We believe the development of our students through SMSC education is a central part of our purpose, along with ensuring excellent standards in the classroom.

Our mission in this respect is to make sure that SMSC is developed through a whole school approach:

  • the taught curriculum
  • the personal development curriculum 
  • the pastoral and assembly programme
  • through the house system
  • through trips and visits
  • through the enrichment programme

Our core focus is to extend our provision and build on the great work already taking place in many areas of the academy. We will make sure that students are clear that SMSC is not just something that is ‘taught’ but also something that is ‘caught’ through their active membership in the academy community.

How will we develop SMSC in our students?

We will:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to work independently and show that they can be self-reliant learners.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Encourage students to actively participate and engage in lessons.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to reflect and develop thinking skills.
  • Encourage students to display consideration, cooperation, courtesy and respect to their peers and to staff.
  • Provide students with opportunities to be creative and develop a fascination for subjects/topics.