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What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for social, moral, spiritual,and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

At Kings Cliffe Endowed School we want the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to be a strength of the school and to contribute effectively to pupils’ good behaviour and the very positive atmosphere that pervades the school. This promotes empathy and tolerance in its pupils and prepares them very well for life in modern Britain.


Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.


Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.


Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.



  • Developing confidence and expertise in language, which is an important aspect of individual and social identity;
  • Enabling pupils to understand and engage with the feelings and values embodied in high quality poetry, fiction, drama, film and television;
  • Developing pupils’ awareness of moral and social issues in fiction, journalism, magazines, radio, television and film;
  • Helping pupils to understand how language changes over time, the influences on spoken, and written language and social attitudes to the use of language.


  • Enabling pupils to acknowledge the important contribution made to mathematics by non-western cultures.


  • Encouraging pupils to reflect on the wonder of the natural world;
  • Awareness of the ways that science and technology can affect society and the environment;
  • Consideration of the moral dilemmas that can result in scientific developments;
  • Showing respect for differing opinions, on creation for example;
  • Co-operation in practical activity;
  • Raising awareness that scientific developments are the product of many different cultures.


  • Preparing the children for the challenges of living and learning in a technologically-enriched, increasingly inter-connected world;
  • Making clear the guidelines about the ethical use of the internet;
  • Acknowledging advances ion technology and appreciation for human achievement.


  • Looking at the creation and evolution of British society;
  • Enabling pupils to reflect on issues such as slavery, the holocaust and Imperialism;
  • Showing an awareness of the moral implications of the actions of historical figures.


  • Opportunities for reflection on the creation, earth’s origins, future and diversity are given;
  • Reflection on the fair distribution of the earth’s resources and issues surrounding climate change;
  • Studies of people and physical geography gives our children the chance to reflect on the social and cultural characteristics of society.

Spanish (MFL)

  • Children may gain insights into the way of life, cultural traditions, moral and social developments of other people;
  • Social skills are developed through group activities and communication exercises.
  • Listening skills are improved through oral/aural work.


  • Art lessons develop children’s aesthetic appreciation;
  • In turn, Art evokes feelings of ‘awe’ and ‘wonder';
  • Giving pupils the chance to reflect on nature, their environment and surroundings.
  • Studying artists with spiritual or religious theme, issues raised by artists which concerns ethical issues, such as War painting.


  • Reflecting on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which design can improve the quality of our lives;
  • Awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances;
  • How different cultures have contributed to technology;
  • Opportunities to work as a team, recognising others’ strengths, sharing equipment.


  • Activities involving co-operation, teamwork, competition, rules, self-discipline and fair play;
  • Exploring the sports and traditions of a variety of cultures.
  • Individual activities that provide the opportunity for self-reflection, awareness and challenge.

Please see our SMSC maps below.