What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural.  

All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. 

  • Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by:
    Exploring beliefs and experiences which inform their perspective on life; respecting different people’s feelings and values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using their imagination and creativity in their learning and reflecting on their experiences.


  • Pupils’ moral development is shown by:
    Recognising what is right and wrong and applying this to their lives; understanding the consequences of their actions and investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. 


  • Pupils’ social development is shown by:
    Using a range of social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolving conflicts and understanding how communities work.


  • Pupils’ Cultural development is shown by:
    Appreciating cultural influences that have shaped their heritage; participating in and responding to artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities; understanding, exploring accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

How is SMSC taught?

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the pupil's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum. All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. 

Pupils will learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.

Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. Classroom rules are displayed in each classroom.

British Values Statement


At St Blasius C of E Primary Academy we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. Our Academy reflects British Values in all that we do. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out in our Academy. All curriculum areas provide further understanding of these concepts and in particular our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm.

Our Academy makes a considerable effort to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown. Sporting events, visits, communications with other schools and visitors to our Academy are planned to ensure children’s experiences are broad, meaningful and varied.

What are British Values?

The key values are:

  • Democracy

  • Law and Order

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect

  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


British Values at St Blasius C of E Primary Academy


Democracy is an integral part of Academy life. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our School Council. A half termly meeting of the School Council ensures the reinforcement of the democratic process, the application of freedom of speech and group action to address needs and concerns. Pupils vote for House captains, Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl.


Law and Order:

We ensure that our Academy Ethos and Values as well as class rules are clear and fair. Posters showing class rules are displayed in each classroom and are regularly reinforced in assemblies. Visits from authorities such as the police and fire service embed the respect for public services.


Individual liberty:

We support pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise them how to exercise them safely, for example through our Anti-bullying, E-Safety and PSHE lessons.


Mutual respect:

All pupils are taught the importance of self-respect, honest and open communication with others and fair play. Pupils work collaboratively in their own class and across year groups and house groups. Each year we take part in Anti-bullying week. We show respect for others by supporting charities chosen by the School Council. We have supported events such as - Children in Need, Sports Relief and Red Nose Day. Every year we celebrate Harvest Festival and donate goods to the local Food Bank.


Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:

RE at our Academy, is taught in line with the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus (Living Difference). Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.