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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At Culham Parochial C of E Primary School we recognise that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC) plays a significant part in the personal development of pupils and impacts on their ability to learn and achieve, and to develop a clear understanding of the values which underpin life in Britain. Scroll down or click on the document below to find out how we promote each aspect of SMSC in our school.

We define each area as:

Spiritual Development involves:

  • The development of insights, principles, beliefs, attitudes and values which guide and motivate us.
  • A developing understanding of feelings and emotions which support reflection and learning.
  • Developing recognition that pupils own insights, principles, beliefs, attitudes and that values influence them in their own lives. 

Moral Development involves:

  • Self-evaluation and understanding of capacity to develop and grow.
  • Relationships-values others for themselves.
  • Society-valuing truth, freedom, justice, human rights, the law and promotion of the common good.

Social Development involves:

  • Pupils’ interests in the understanding of the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels and their responsibility towards ensuring this.
  • Pupils developing social skills to work and live effectively with each other.
  • Positive participation and contribution that may include conflict resolution.
  • Functioning effectively in a diverse society by modelling mutual respect of others and of property and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Cultural Development involves:

  • Ensuring that pupils understand and respect cultures, including their own, and reject discrimination based on difference.
  • Developing a willingness to participate in new experiences and to develop awareness of music, art, dance and literature, etc. in different cultures. developing social skills to work and live effectively with each other.
  • Positive participation and contribution that may include conflict resolution.
  • Functioning effectively in a diverse society by modelling mutual respect of others and of property and socialising with pupils from different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
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