What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools (including Academies and Independent schools) in England must show a commitment to promoting the following aspects:

Spiritual:  Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral:  Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social:  Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

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

According to the government:

“SMSC is the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise; themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible.”  Hansard, 2006.