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Why should schools audit their SMSC provision?

Reason #1: It’s “good practice”, raises the profile of SMSC and leads to “outstanding” judgements.

In January 2012 Ofsted released a “good practice resource” in the form of a case study* which it described as “useful for a school that is reviewing provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).” The case study detailed policies and procedures at The Bankfield School in Widnes which received an “outstanding” judgement for SMSC.

The school initially admitted that there “was no consistent shared language about SMSC” and even though they were confident that “much good work was going on, it was not identified or shared as well as it might be.”

The school carried out an SMSC audit - where each department recorded their contribution and provision for SMSC. It was acknowledged that the discussion and sharing of practice arising from the audit helped to “secure a much higher priority for SMSC in the life of the school and recognition of the importance of these wider aspects of personal development.”

One teacher is quotes: “It helped us to recognise how SMSC was about the whole curriculum and we developed a shared language. SMSC became a part of our lesson planning. Previously it was not really part of the everyday language of the school. We came to see how different aspects of school life linked together including tutor time and assemblies. It helped us provide much stronger evidence when Ofsted inspectors came and this was reflected in the outstanding judgements for SMSC and social cohesion.”