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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Aspects of Education (SMSC)

The SMSC aspects of education are essential if we are to prepare you to live full and active lives as part of your local, and the global community; and to help you to define who you are, your part in the world, your motivations and your perspective on life.

Week 1 Video

Spiritual development

Spiritual development involves the non-material aspects of your life, focusing on personal insight, values, meanings and purpose. Your perspective on life may be informed by a religious belief, but equally may not. You should experience the “awe and wonder”of life and develop the courage and ability to persevere, overcoming any approaching obstacles. You must develop the desire to use and extend what you learn in the future, for example further study, employment.

Social development

Social development helps you to work effectively with others, developing the inter-personal skills required to relate positively with your peers and people of all ages. You must also understand how to participate productively in a diverse society and learn about Society’s institutions and how they relate to your life. You should understand that a person may have different roles and responsibilities within society, for example, parent, carer, employer, employee.

Moral development

Moral development involves making choices around your behaviour and the values that guide you in how you choose to live. Moral development is also learning about Society’s values, understanding the reasons for them, how they can change over time and how disagreements are resolved.  You will consider the consequences of personal and societal decisions on the wider community – local and global- and on the environment and future generations.

Cultural development

Cultural development helps you to understand, feel comfortable with, value and appreciate the potential enrichment of cultural diversity. You should challenge discrimination, whether based on cultural or racial difference. You will experience cultural traditions embedded in arts, crafts, language, literature, theatre, song, music, dance, sport, science, technology and travel. You should develop an appreciation of beauty, both in experiencing artistic expression and by exploring your own creative powers.

SMSC in your different subjects

In all lessons when you follow the Core Principles, you are acting in a morally and a socially responsible way; you are choosing to behave in a positive manner so that you and members of your group can learn effectively. In lessons, you are constantly developing social skills, for example when you engage in peer and group discussion, practical work or peer-teaching. In all lessons you require perseverance and motivation to learn.