Promoting SMSC and British Values

At St Johns Church of England Academy the teaching of SMSC and 'British Values' is embedded in our curriculum as well as our school ethos. 

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for socialmoralspiritual 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 a responsibility to promote the 'Fundamental British Values' of:
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.