SMSC is a key area in the 2012 Ofsted inspection framework.
It stands for:-
Spiritual development is defined as being:-
- Interested in and respectful of different people’s beliefs, values and feelings.
- Having a sense of awe and wonder that is linked to an enjoyment and fascination in learning of all kinds.
- Children using their imagination and creativity in all their learning.
- Children reflecting on their learning and experiences and being able to say how they can be made even better.
Moral development is defined as being:-
- Children need to recognise the difference between right and wrong, particularly in their own lives.
- Furthermore they need to understand that there are consequences to their actions at all times.
- The children must have an interest in investigating moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views on local, national and global issues.
Social development is defined as being :-
- Pupils need to learn, work and socialise with pupils from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. This also includes a variety of socio- economic backgrounds.
- They need to learn social skills such as cooperation, participation, turn taking and sharing.
- Also they need to learn how to resolve conflicts effectively and what strategies to use.
- Finally they should be able to talk about how different communities and societies work.
Cultural development is defined as being: -
- All children should be aware of their own cultural heritage and how this makes them unique and special.
- This can be enhanced by the children participating in a range of cultural opportunities that include music, sport, Art, Numeracy and science and technology.
- Cultural diversity needs to be celebrated and explored in local, national and global contexts.
- So the children’s attitudes and values will reflect their acceptance, understanding and respect for cultural diversity.