Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

What is SMSC?

Spiritual meaning

  • Experiencing wonders of the world (man-made and natural) to develop fascination, awe and wonder
  • Exploring the values and beliefs of others to develop empathy and respect
  • Having a range of experiences to develop understanding of human feelings and emotions
  • Using imagination and creativity in learning to develop and celebrate individuality in expressive responses

Moral meaning

  • Investigating values and ethical issues to develop their own moral principles
  • Exploring behaviours and their consequences in order to recognise right and wrong and to make right choices for themselves
  • Having a range of opportunities to express their own views and understand that others may hold different views or beliefs

Social meaning

  • Experiencing real life social situations to develop personal qualities and social skills
  • Participating in co-operative debate and role play that promotes the skills of conflict resolution
  • Appreciating the rights and responsibilities of individuals within the wider social setting (families, school, local and wider communities) to develop understanding of how communities and societies function

Cultural meaning

  • Exploring their own culture and the culture of others (locally and internationally) to develop understanding and respect for diversity, to challenge assumptions and negative stereotypes
  • Participate and respond to a well selected repertoire of cultural media and traditions in order to develop a sense of personal enrichment and appreciation of culture
  • Having a range of opportunities to express their own particular gifts and talents in music, art and literature in order to develop personal creative qualities

What do the fundamental British values look like at Grovelands?

The four values are an intrinsic part of our SMSC:


  • We listen to all views
  • We debate arguments for and against
  • We get involved
  • We express our views peacefully
  • We vote and respect the result of the majority

The rule of law

  • We make sure rules and expectations are clear
  • We know the difference between right and wrong
  • We know rules protect us
  • We respect the rules
  • We understand the concept of consequences when rules are broken

Individual liberty

  • We are responsible for our own behaviour
  • We challenge stereotypes and bias
  • We are an anti-bullying school
  • We promote self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

  • We promote respect
  • We have respect for our own and others’ cultures
  • We discuss differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and families