Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

Personal skills are key to the all round development of a child and so throughout the curriculum, lessons are designed to promote SMSC. Each of the four areas comprises of a variety of skills:


Shown by the pupils:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in 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 and willingness to reflect upon their experiences;


Shown by the pupils:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries 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 ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues;


Shown by the pupils:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Shown by the pupils:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within 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, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

(Taken from the School Inspection Handbook - September 2015)

British Values

All schools and academies are required to promote fundamental British values through by SMSC and curriculum as a whole.

These values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for the those without faith.

At Brockworth Primary Academy, we ensure that these core values are integral to our teaching as a whole. They are not only discussed specifically in lessons but also in whole academy assemblies and throughout the day, when and where appropriate.

For more information about British vales, visit the

Citizenship Foundation website.

For further details of SMSC in schools and academies, go to the Citizenship Foundation website.