Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Here at Nicol Mere, we believe strongly in promoting pupils’ SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and preparing our children for life.

We aim to create a climate and ethos that enables all our children to grow and flourish, becoming confident individuals, and appreciating their own worth and that of others.

Our enriching curriculum provides opportunities to develop SMSC.  These are carefully planned for.  Whenever opportunities to promote SMSC occur, we seize these moments to further encourage the children’s understanding and growth.

Defining Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for other people’s feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • Understanding the consequences of their actions
  • Interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function

Pupils’ cultural development is indicated by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond to artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring and showing respect for cultural diversity as demonstrated by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities