SMSC- pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

At Offa’s Mead Academy we develop self-esteem and confidence. We run a Young Leaders award to give pupils the necessary skills to become good leaders and train Peer Mediators to help resolve conflict effectively. We use our Nurture room and Silver SEAL groups to improve social skills. Lots of our assemblies focus on understanding consequences. Mrs Greene also plans her Monday morning assemblies to have an SMSC focus. Each class records the activities they complete (see the bottom of this page for Autumn 2015/16 examples)

Kevin from Just Different visited us. Y1-Y6 completed workshops learning about disability and difference. Click at the bottom of the page to see some photos and visit this page again soon to see our learning. See our news feed for more SMSC development, like the True meaning of Christmas. At the bottom of this page you can view some of the learning activities we provide across the Academy and an example from Reception.

OFSTED 2014 stated- The breadth of learning opportunities fosters an excitement to learning and contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Defining spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values

sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible

use of imagination and creativity in their learning

willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives

understanding of the consequences of their actions

interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.

Pupils’ social development 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 social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage

willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities

interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.