What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
OFSTED DEFINITION OF 'SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT'
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
OFSTED DEFINITION OF 'MORAL DEVELOPMENT'
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Ofsted definition of 'social development'
Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
OFSTED DEFINITION OF 'CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT'
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year in Promoting Fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in Schools, DfE November 2014.
At Bickershaw Church of England Primary School these values are reinforced regularly alongside our key Christian values. You can see details of how we promote the British Values at our British Values page.