What is SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development)?

SMSC is an area of the curriculum that focuses on the non-academic development of pupils, such as understanding and appreciation of different cultures or dealing with moral conundrums. SMSC is essential for children and young people’s individual development, as well as the development of society as a whole and it is our role to actively promote these values in order to challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.

A summary of how we demonstrate SMSC at Packmoor Ormiston Academy is shown below:

Spiritual Development

  • Multi faith RE curriculum
  • Strong links with Packmoor Methodist Church.
  • Harvest Festival, foodbank appeal.
  • Saying the Lord’s Prayer, children knowing this by heart.

Moral Development

  • Whole school collective worship. Voice of the child through school council, ballot box, pupil voice-teachers ensure a range of children are selected for this.
  • School choir singing in local community.
  • Positive behaviour awards – Friday assembly.
  • Charity fundraising including Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box appeal. Children in Need & Comic Relief.
  • PSHE lessons and Votes For Schools reminds children of the British values. Weekly debate and vote during VFS promoting British Values of democracy.
  • Our school visions displayed around school.

Social Development

  • PSHE curriculum
  • Change for life events
  •  Student Council
  •  After school clubs
  • Transition programme
  • Sports Day
  • Visitors from the police, the Fire Service, hospital staff
  • Mindfulness clubs
  • Packmoor’s Got Talent
  • Headteacher Awards
  • Votes for Schools displayed in hall and on classroom doors.

Cultural Development

  • Theatre visits and trips
  • Book day
  • Visiting authors
  • celebration assembly every Friday
  •  MFL in school
  • Teaching and demonstrating British Values through Votes for Schools
  • Our school visions displayed around school.

SMSC development is embedded across all subjects in our curriculum, for further details of this please see individual curriculum subject pages.