Sytchampton Endowed Primary School

SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Sytchampton Endowed Primary School, we champion and firmly believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensures that our students are ‘rounded and grounded.’ We believe in developing the whole child and helping them to grow into caring, resilient individuals who are thoroughly prepared for life in the wider world.

We will help pupils to develop an inner discipline and encourage them to not just ‘follow the crowd’  they will make up their own minds and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do.

They will grow through making choices and holding themselves to account for the choices they have made. They will want to be honest with themselves and with others.

As such, SMSC is not just a curriculum focus, but sits at the very heart of our whole school Ethos and Core Values.

Also see our SMSC Policy on our Policies and Documents page.

SMSC Vision and Aims

We aim to:

  • Provide a safe, caring and happy environment where each pupil is valued as an individual and can develop towards their full potential.
  • Provide for each pupil a wide, balanced curriculum of high-quality, appropriate to the interests and aspirations of the individual, and encourage the development of the whole person – fulfilling the requirements of the national curriculum.
  • Develop the potential of each pupil within their capabilities, recognising different needs and abilities and providing challenges and appropriate teaching at each stage of development.
  • Set and maintain standards of discipline, courtesy and general moral values so that the school community can function effectively.
  • Engender a sense of self-respect, independence and self-motivation – to increase the individual’s capacity to accept responsibility for actions taken.
  • Encourage pupils to recognise their responsibility to, and dependence on, others to help them become active, reasoning participants in a democratic society.
  • Provide a non-sexist, non-racist atmosphere that fosters respect for religious and moral values linked with tolerance of other people, races, religions and lifestyles.
  • Foster links between home and school to develop a partnership with parents in the education of their children.

The SPIRITUAL development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life.
  • Knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

The MORAL development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and their ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

The SOCIAL development of pupils 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 community and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Ability to use modern communication technology, including mobile technology, the internet and social media, safely.
  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The pupils should also develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.

The CULTURAL development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the school, and further afield, as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond positively to, artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving their understanding of, and showing respect for, different faiths and cultures.
  • Understanding, acceptance, respect for, and celebration of, diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
  • Ability to recognise and value the things shared across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities.