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SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.  At Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, we recognise that SMSC is an essential part of the personal development of our pupils. Therefore, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.


Spiritual development is about the development of a sense of identity, self worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. Our children are given opportunities to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform the perspective on life & their interest in and respect for different faiths, feelings & values.


Moral development is about gaining an understanding of what is right and wrong, the building, by pupils, of a framework of moral values which regulate their personal behaviour. It is also about the development of pupils’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values, and knowing that these can change. Our children develop their own opinions and learn to appreciate that people have different views on a range of subjects.


Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together in a multi-racial, multicultural society. This includes developing an understanding of society’s institutions and children’s roles as citizens of the UK and the world. Pupils develop & demonstrate skills & attitudes that will allow them to participate positively in life in modern Britain.


Cultural development is about pupils gaining an understanding their own culture and other cultures in an ever-changing world.  It is about understanding & appreciating the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others. Our children are equipped to live in the emerging world culture of shared experiences provided by television, travel and the internet. Promoting pupils’ cultural development ensures that cultural diversity is valued and racism is prevented.


With references from HMI 2125 (2004)


Here are some examples of SMSC learning at Heighington Millfield Primary Academy: