FREE SMSC Training Resource

SMSC in primary and secondary schools.
This interactive presentation can be used with staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of SMSC. 

It answers the following questions:
  • What is SMSC?
  • Where is it delivered in schools?
  • How can it be audited or tracked?
It's a web-based presentation (with voice-over narration) which is viewed using a web-browser.


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What's in the presentation?

Below are screenshots from the presentation with transcripts of the audio and relevant notes.

What is SMSC?
What is SMSC?

It's about developing the "whole person".

This includes spiritual moral, social and cultural development.

 
Spiritual Development

Use this word-cloud as a prompt for discussion about spiritual development.

Click the button on the right to reveal Ofsted’s definitions.

Moral Development

Use this word-cloud as a prompt for discussion about moral development. 

Click the button on the right to reveal Ofsted’s definitions.

Social Development

Use this word-cloud as a prompt for discussion about social development. 

Click the button on the right to reveal Ofsted’s definitions.

Cultural Development

Use this word-cloud as a prompt for discussion about cultural development. 

Click the button on the right to reveal Ofsted’s definitions.

Where is SMSC delivered?

Let’s consider the main areas which contribute to a school’s SMSC provision.
First of all there’s the school climate or ethos. Then there’s the curriculum subjects…. Citizenship….. P.S.H.E….. and Religious Education. A school’s Wellbeing or Healthy School’s programme will also have a part to play. And finally – every curriculum subject should contribute to the school’s overall SMSC provision.

School Ethos

The climate and ethos of a school should underpin the promotion of SMSC. Note the guidance given to Ofsted inspectors in the 2012 framework. Consider the school policies, procedures and arrangements which contribute to the SMSC provision.

Citizenship

A school’s programme of citizenship education makes a significant contribution to the SMSC provision. Note the guidance given by the Association for Teaching Citizenship in 2012. Consider how Citizenship key concepts and processes relate to SMSC development.

PSHE

A school’s PSHE programme provides concrete evidence of promoting SMSC. Note the guidance given by the PSHE Association. Consider how PSHE key concepts and processes relate to SMSC development.

Religious Education

A school’s RE programme can make a unique contribution to SMSC development. Note the comment made by one local authority. Consider how an example RE syllabus relates to each of SMSC areas.

Healthy Schools

A “Healthy Schools” programme can make a positive impact on SMSC development. Note the conclusion made by the Institute of Education in it’s review of the National Healthy Schools Programme. Consider how the core themes and aims of this programme relate to SMSC development

Curriculum Subjects

All curriculum subjects should plan to make a positive contribution to SMSC development. Note the recommendation made by Ofsted in the 2012 Framework for Inspection. Consider one example subject and how it contributes to SMSC development.

How is SMSC audited or tracked?

As you’ve seen, SMSC development includes a wide range spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. These are delivered through a wide range of activities across the whole school. The quickest and most effective way to audit or track whole-school SMSC provision – is to use a tool designed for the job - The SMSC Grid.

Video of the SMSC Grid

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