2 3 Key Questions What is SMSC provision in a school setting? Why is SMSC a significant area of consideration?How do we deliver and evidence outstanding SMSC provision?
3 If you met a former student 15 years from now, what would you like them to be like?
4 What is SMSC?SMSC is the collective name given for the opportunities schools provide for the development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturallyProviding pupils with outstanding opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally allows them thrive in everyway, to achieve academic success and to leave them fully prepared for their future challengesA new focus on this preparation being a preparation for life in ‘Modern Britain’
5 Planning Opportunities for Spiritual Development The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their: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 valuessense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around themuse of imagination and creativity in their learningwillingness to reflect on their experiences
6 It might be provided by … Opportunities for resilienceCollective Worship and Religious EducationReflection on teacher feedbackOpportunities for personal challenge
7 Planning Opportunities for Moral Development The moral development of pupils is shown by their:ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of Englandunderstanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actionsinterest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
8 It might be provided by … Behaviour Management systemsThe modeled behaviour of adultsPSHE and CitizenshipSchool routines
9 Planning Opportunities for Social Development The social development of pupils 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 backgroundswillingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectivelyacceptance 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; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
10 It might be provided by … Opportunities for collaborative working across the curriculumStudent council and student voiceOpportunities to practice democracy/electionsExtra-curricular opportunities
11 Planning Opportunities for Cultural Development The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of othersunderstanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britainknowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britainwillingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunitiesinterest 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
12 It might be provided by … Clubs and societiesMembership of teamsVisiting speakers and cultural eventsRepresentations of diversity in collective worship and musical and dramatic opportunities.Citizenship, PSHE and REChoice of literature
13 What opportunities does your subject have for developing SMSC? 21222425Effectively implementing SMSC29SMSC provides schoolswith a unique opportunityto pass on enduring values,develop pupils’ integrityand autonomy and helpthem to be responsible andcaring citizens capable ofcontributing to thedevelopment of a justsociety. This is theunderlying principle ofimplementation30Conclusion43Only if the school is a healthy community in whichrelationships are based on trust and concern forothers, in which people value wisdom, truth, justice,courage and other such qualities, and …possess thevirtues that enable them to live up to these values, isit likely that pupils will acquire these values forthemselves, will deem important the things that arereally important and esteem those things that reallyare worthy of esteem. To learn such important truthsis to have one's spiritual, moral, social and culturaldevelopment promoted in the best possible way.2000, Marianne Talbot, Developing SMSC for the school curriculum44What opportunities does your subject have for developing SMSC?
14 ‘Quick wins’ for English Act out a scene from fiction focusing on how the characters feltWatch a topical TV show and ask learners to write a magazine article/letter to a TV guide expressing a strong opinion about the moral/social issues raised
15 Quick wins’ for Mathematics & Science Put class into teams to solve mathematical problemsConduct self reflection activities at the start and end of each new topic in MathsStarter activities highlighting interesting origins of mathematical conceptsBuild in activities to discuss the ethical implications of scientific developmentsAllow time for discussion and respect differing opinions, on creation for example
16 ‘Quick wins’ for History & Geography Multiple opportunities to highlight SMSC including reflecting on issues for example:SlaveryThe holocaustClimate changeSocial and cultural characteristics of societyMoral implications of actions of historical figuresImperialismEvolution of British Society
17 ‘Quick wins’ for MFL:Include activities around culture & customs as well as languageDevelop listening skills in oral/aural work
18 Art, Music & Drama:Studying artists with spiritual or religious themesConsider ethical issues raised by artists such as war paintingExplore the wonder of the natural world through art, music and drama
19 ‘Quick wins’ in Design Technology: Debate the moral dilemmas created by advances in technologyProject on how a specific technology has been developed by different culturesPhysical Education:Activities involving co-operation, teamwork, competition, rules, self-discipline and fair playICT:Produce a guidance leaflet about the ethical use of the internet
20 Cross curricular SMSCEnglish & History – project investigating language of the past and how it changes over timeScience and Geography – project investigating the impact of scientific innovation on the environmentScience, Geography & RE – project reflecting on creation, earth’s origins, future and diversity
21 Evidencing SMSC across the curriculum Highlight SMSC opportunities on observation paperworkThink about displays and the images you useUse opportunities as they arise and plan for them