SMSC Policy





Responsible people named in this policy
Headteacher: Tracy Kent

Deputy Headteacher: Sarah Collins

Chair of Governors: Felicity Moore


Signed and Date agreed: May 2017


At Downs View Infant School we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • their own values and beliefs,
  • spiritual awareness,
  • high standards of personal behaviour,
  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people,
  • an understanding of their social and cultural traditions
  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.

SMSC is a dimension of the whole school experience which makes the curriculum relevant, stimulating, creative and fun. It enriches each subject and the ethos of Downs View and is an essential ingredient of school success. The SMSC policy provides the school with the opportunity to meet our Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) to

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.


  • All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’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.
  • The school community will be a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the school.
  • Pupils 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.
  • Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. School and classroom rules should reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.

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 teacher’s planning and purchasing decisions.

General Aims

  • To ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles. ‘Altogether we love, learn, respect and have fun!’
  • To promote British Values and the understanding of what they are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths.
  • To ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the school.
  • To ensure that a pupil’s education is set within a context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background.
  • To ensure that pupils know what is expected of them and why.
  • To give each pupil a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experience.
  • To enable pupils to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.
  • To enable pupils to begin to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that now enrich our society.
  • To give each pupil the opportunity to explore social and moral issues, and develop a sense of social and moral responsibility.

Spiritual Development

As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

  • Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience.
  • Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought.
  • Foster their emotional life and express their feelings
  • Experience moments of stillness and reflection.
  • Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences.
  • Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships
  • Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.

Moral development

As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

  • Recognise the unique value of each individual.
  • Recognise the challenge of Jesus’ teaching.
  • Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others.
  • Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes.
  • Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others.
  • Distinguish between right and wrong.
  • Show respect for the environment.
  • Make informed and independent judgments.
  • Recognise the consequences of their actions

Social Development

As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

  • Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.
  • Learn about service in the school and wider community.

Cultural Development

As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

  • Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influenced individuals and society.
  • Develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment.
  • Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.

Teaching and Organisation

Development in SMSC will take place across all curriculum areas, within activities that encourage pupils to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning, and to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle.

All curriculum areas should seek illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible.

SMSC should be evident on curriculum planning.

Class discussions, PSHE lessons, circle time and assemblies will give pupils opportunities to:

  • T alk about personal experiences and feelings.
  • Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs.
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc.
  • Share thoughts and feelings with other people.
  • Explore relationships with friends/family/others.
  • Consider others’ needs and behaviour.
  • Show empathy.
  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.
  • Develop a sense of belonging.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable pupils to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally — e.g. empathy, respect, open mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness

Many curriculum areas provide opportunities to:

  • Listen and talk to each other.
  • Learn an awareness of treating all as equals.
  • Agree and disagree.
  • Take turns and share equipment.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively.

Extra-Curricular Activities

• Personal development is also enriched through a wide range of extra-curricular activities (Choir, Sport, Thinking out of the Box, Art,) which provide opportunities for SMSC and for inspiring pupils to broaden their experience and horizons.

School Council

The school council is an elected body consisting of 18 children. Elections are held 3 times a year when 2 children are voted to represent their class. The school council meets regularly discussing and organising a range of issues and events, for example ‘Feet on Friday’, choosing merchandise to sell to raise money for Children in Need and the naming of our new building. The school council also attends a Single Equality meeting on an annual basis.

International Day

This is an annual event that celebrates the cultural diversity within the school and community. An exhibition takes place to enable the whole school community to learn the culture of others.

Links with the wider community

Visitors are welcomed into school to share with the children their roles in the community for example police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Parents are encouraged to come in and support learning in school.

Athletes visit school to promote strategies to develop resilience and achieving goals. For example Chris Cooke and Tim Prendergast.

The children have opportunities to raise money for charities for example Children in Need, Comic and Sport Relief.

Links with the Church are fostered through links with the local church and representatives from the Church Army.

Links are established with the Hindu temple at Shorncliffe Barracks Folkestone, Year 2 annually visit the temple during Diwali.

The development of a strong home-school link is regarded as very important, enabling parents and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the pupil.

Pupils will be taught to appreciate their local environment and to develop a sense of responsibility to it.

Local business have provided resources for the school to promote diversity for example Sainsbury’s and Asda who have donated food for the annual International Day and Round the World club.

The school takes part in the annual Kennington summer fayre providing stalls, and the choir sings at the event too.

Strong links exist between Downs View Infant school and Kennington Junior Academy. Joint ventures take place during the year.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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

  • Monitoring of lesson plans, teaching and learning by the SLT
  • Regular discussion at staff meetings and Governor’s meeting
  • Audit of policies and Schemes of Work
  • Sharing of classroom work and practice
  • Audit of assembly plans and practice
  • Collation of evidence in pupil’s work in a school policy
  • Inclusion of SMSC in the SEF and school plan.


This policy will be reviewed in accordance with the policy review schedule.

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