Promoting SMSC & British Values
At Orchards the teaching of SMSC and 'British values' is embedded in our curriculum (e.g. PSHE & Citizenship, English, Science, History, etc.) as well as our school ethos. For examples of how we support the development of all areas of SMSC as well as promoting 'British values' click on the link below to view our report.
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual, and cultural development.
Spiritual development: children explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral development: children learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social development: children investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
Cultural development: children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Promoting 'British values'
From November 2014, all schools have responsibility a to promote the 'fundamental British values' of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. As per the advice from the DfE, at Orchards we aim promote these values through SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and is embedded throughout our curriculm and school ethos.
(Source: Grimes, Michael. 'What is SMSC?'. www.doingsmsc.org.uk. N.p., 2014.)