Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum.
Inspectors will evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. This is a broad concept that can be seen across the school’s activities, but draws together many of the areas covered by the personal development judgement.
Before making the final judgement on overall effectiveness, inspectors will always consider the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school, and evaluate the extent to which the school’s education provision meets different pupils’ needs, including pupils with SEND.
OFSTED continue to put SMSC ‘at the heart’ of school development. It requires schools to think about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide.
This document provides a sequenced framework of SMSC skills, concepts and knowledge for pupils. It also includes intent statements for each curriculum subject so that schools can show how SMSC is supported in all subjects. Space is provided for schools to show how the following are used to support the teaching of SMSC:
- Software, websites and texts that can be used in teaching SMSC
- Topic and cross curriculum opportunities
- Cultural Capital opportunities to support learning in SMSC