The SMSC aspects of education are essential if we are to prepare students to live full and active lives as part of their local, and the global community; and to help them to define who they are, their part in the world and their motivations and their perspective on life.
Spiritual development is the development of the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meanings and purpose. Pupils should have the opportunity to experience the “awe and wonder” of life. Students should develop a zest for life and the courage and ability to persevere, overcoming any inner resistance and vacillation when approaching obstacles. They must develop the desire to use and extend what they learn in school. A student’s perspective on life may be informed by a religious belief, but equally may not.
Social development helps students to work effectively together, developing the inter-personal skills required to relate positively with their peers and people of all ages. Students must also understand how to participate productively in a diverse and plural society and learn about, and how to effectively engage with societal institutions and processes. They should understand that a person may have different roles and responsibilities within society, for example, parent, carer, employer, employee.
Moral development involves supporting students to make considered choices around their behaviour and the values that provide a framework for how they choose to live. Moral development is also learning about society’s values, understanding the reasons for them, how they are derived and change; and how disagreements are resolved. Students must consider the consequences of personal and societal decisions on the wider community – local and global- and on the environment and future generations.
Cultural development supports students to understand, feel comfortable with, value and appreciate the potential enrichment of cultural diversity. They should challenge discrimination, whether based on cultural or racial difference. Students should experience cultural traditions embedded in arts, crafts, language, literature, theatre, song, music, dance, sport, Science, technology and travel. Students should develop an appreciation of beauty both in experiencing artistic expression and by exploring their own creative powers.
In all lessons when students follow our Core Principles, they are acting in a morally and a socially responsible way; they are choosing to behave in a positive manner so that they and members of their group can learn effectively. In lessons, students are constantly developing social skills, for example when they engage in peer and group discussion, practical work or peer-teaching. In all lessons they require perseverance and motivation to learn.