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Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural and British Values

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC) and British Values at Moat House Primary School

Here at Moat House Primary School we are not only committed to our school and local communities, we understand and recognise that we are part of the wider community of the world!


What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC, including actively promoting fundamental British values.


Detailed information about each area is available by clicking on the links below, but here is a quick summary of the key points for each area:

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

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

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

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


Why do we value SMSC and British Values so highly at Moat House Primary?

SMSC has a key part to play in educating children in order to produce a safe, equitable and just society. Recent Government guidance has stressed the importance that SMSC has to play in preventing extremism and helping children and young people to build resilience to grooming and radicalisation


The DfE guidance for schools on SMSC (November 2014) is based on the Government’s Prevent Strategy (see link below for further details), which requires schools to explore:

“The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.”


These include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty (including freedom of speech)
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


SMSC and British values are embedded throughout the curriculum here at Moat House Primary School and, most importantly, it is woven into the very ethos of our school. All of our staff are dedicated to promoting SMSC and British values and suitably preparing children for life in a world that we all want to live in.

Here at Moat House Primary School, we are passionate about developing our children's Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cuultural (SMSC) awareness and their understanding of British Values.


British Values Assemblies    

Due to COVID-19, from September 2020 children could not mix with groups from outside their own year group. Whole school and Phase assemblies have been suspended and replaced by year group assemblies.


Each week our Assistant Heads, Mrs Moran and Mr Kelly, hold Key Stage assemblies with a British Values theme.

Click on the links below to find out more and to see how we embrace SMSC and British Values here at Moat House!

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