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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) describes the guidance and experiences school provides for pupils which help them to understand the values which our country holds dear and which help to bond our school together both as a community and to its community.

We aim to build strong links within our local community by, for example, visiting local centres of interest and inviting others into our school building. For example, local senior citizens may be invited into school as part of pupils’ study of Britain since World War 2.

As part of SMSC, pupils learn about democracy and its importance in modern day society. They find out about how to identify and combat discrimination in all its forms and they develop an understanding that individuals have a freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs which are protected in law.

 Tolerance between different cultural traditions is promoted and celebrated and by so doing, pupils acquire an appreciation of their own and other cultures. Buildings of religious significance may be visited and parents and friends of the school with different faiths come in and speak with groups of children about their beliefs.

Lessons for older pupils focus upon the role of the government and how it operates in comparison with smaller examples of democratic organisations such as our own School Council at Britannia. A distinction is made between the law of the land and religious laws.