Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) Policy

At Parklands High School our mission statement ‘Learn, Respect Aspire, Achieve’ exemplifies our attitude and approach to the importance of the development of all aspects of SMSC.  We recognise and firmly believe that the development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our subject and wider curriculum.

All curriculum areas make valuable contributions to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

All of these areas are integral to the development of understanding of and affinity with British values and the national identity that are a crucial part of our cultural heritage.  Through our SECURE programme we embrace the following 4 strands integral to British Values:

All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Children should 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.

Children should understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. School and classroom charters should promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in the teacher's planning and learning resources.


Departmental SMSC Provision Statements
School Assemblies




Link to British Values (Aspire)


General aims

We aim to ensure:

 Through classroom activities and dialogue in the wider curriculum we will give the children opportunities to:

  All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:

All curriculum areas plan & provide opportunities to cultivate:

Spiritual Development

  Moral Development

  Social Development

  Cultural Development

  Practical activities to develop SMSC will include:

  Links with the wider community

 Monitoring and evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.  This achieved by:

We firmly believe that the effective provision and delivery of a curriculum that serves to accomplish all the aforementioned aspects of SMSC development will purposefully prepare our pupils with the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life and make a positive contribution to society.