St John’s of England Primary School


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils is inherent in our curriculum, our behaviours and the culture of the school. St John’s CE Primary School strives to develop pupils that are responsible and respectful with a strong moral purpose. SMSC supports this development so that our pupils become life-long learners, who play constructive roles as citizens in our diverse and multi-cultural society.

It is the responsibility of all staff at St John’s to ensure SMSC development takes place in all lessons and around the school at all times.

SMSC has four different aspects, formulated to help our pupils grow into responsible members of the community.

We encourage St John’s pupils to display the following traits:

  • Spiritual - Explore beliefs and experience; respect all faiths but particularly Christianity; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral - Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social - Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
  • Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.