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PSHE Grids Now Available

posted 16 Sep 2014, 07:49 by Daniel O'Brien   [ updated 14 Jan 2020, 02:41 ]

We have a new website for SMSC GridMaker which includes a new support section.

If you're from a primary, secondary or special school - and your interested in using a Grid to capture or audit your SMSC and British values - please click through to the new website.

Did you know that your SMSC Grid can also be used to map and track the delivery of PSHE?. Not only that, but our dedicated support staff are available to add pre-configured PSHE grids to your account at no extra charge.

Yes, many primary and secondary schools are now using GridMaker to cross-reference activities against SMSC and PSHE - all in one go. It makes perfect sense - and only takes a few extra seconds. See how simple it is in the video clip below...

It’s interesting to consider the future of PSHE post September 2014 and how this relates to your school’s use of the Grid. Firstly, the DfE's framework document explains that while PSHE is not part of the National Curriculum: “All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.” Also, guidance from the PSHE Association explains that, while PSHE remains a non-statutory subject, it is a means to fulfil the statutory duties on schools. Finally, earlier this year, the education select committee at the House of Commons announced an inquiry into PSHE - and yes,  one of the things they’re considering is whether to make PSHE a statutory subject. So, we can presume that PSHE is here to stay - and that your school will be delivering it in one shape or another. Whether your school chooses to deliver PSHE as a stand-alone subject, or embed it across the curriculum - the Grid can be used as simple way of demonstrating coverage.

You might be wondering which PSHE criteria schools are using in their grids. Well, many schools are turning to the PSHE Association’s programme of study for KS1-4. As there’s no programme of study from the DfE, they have produced a programme based on three core themes:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Relationships

  • Living in the wider world

As you may have noticed from the video clip above - we’ve used the detail from this programme as the criteria. However, as the Grid is completely customizable - we can help you add bespoke criteria tailored to your school. (This association’s programme of study is “intended to support schools in developing their own PSHE education programmes and should be used flexibly according to pupils’ prior learning, experience, needs and readiness.”)

SMSC in the Inspecting equalities Briefing

posted 30 Apr 2013, 02:53 by Daniel O'Brien

In relation to SMSC, point 17 in the "Briefing for section 5 inspection" states:

"A key aspect in relation to equality to be inspected and reported on is how well the school is promoting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Schools should have strategies for promoting and monitoring participation by learners in all the opportunities that the school provides and strategies for tackling any discriminatory or oppressive behaviour. Inspectors should consider how well schools know about which groups of pupils are benefiting from extra support or opportunities or not."

It's interesting that Ofsted want to see "strategies for promoting and monitoring participation by learners in all the opportunities that the school provides".

How does your school monitor participation?
We've designed the SMSC Grid to do just that! Why not try it for yourself?

Free SMSC Training Resource

posted 27 Jun 2012, 01:26 by Daniel O'Brien

We’ve released a free SMSC training resource which I think you’ll find really useful.

It focuses on these basic questions...

  • What is SMSC?
  • Where is it delivered?
  • How can it be audited or tracked?

As you know, schools are under pressure to prove the quality of their SMSC provision under the new Ofsted framework. However, we’re finding that schools who consider these questions can often prove that, through their existing practices they already have excellent provision in place.

This resource is web-based with voice-over narration, however you can use it like a PowerPoint presentation, leading a group discussion based on each slide.

The presentation is available at

SLN release Assembly and SMSC pack

posted 31 May 2012, 01:22 by Daniel O'Brien

The Assembly and SMSC pack provides ideas for assemblies and, or, collective worship that supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

They are based on the 'Key Questions'...‘Who am I?’, ‘Who are we?’, ‘Where do we live?’ and ‘How do we all live together?’.

These questions are described as being "accessible in meaning to pupils" and are used throughout these assembly plans to deliver breadth of SMSC coverage, supporting planning to promote identity, diversity, equality and community.
About the Assemblies

All the assemblies referred to in the pack have been used in a school, and last 15 minutes. They will, as all assemblies do, require tailoring to a new school context.

Inspection of SMSC in the new Ofsted framework

posted 19 Jan 2012, 07:54 by Daniel O'Brien

The Key (a leading provider of intelligent support services) have released resources which answer questions such as "How will Ofsted evaluate SMSC development under the new framework?" They detail the evaluation process and draw on Ofsted’s evaluation schedule and its subsidiary guidance for inspectors.

Contents include:

1  Promoting pupils’ SMSC development
2  Evaluation of SMSC provision under the new inspection framework
3  Additional sources and further reading

Ofsted Guidance on SMSC

posted 12 Jan 2012, 07:53 by Daniel O'Brien

RE Today Services have released information about Ofsted publishing subsidiary guidance to inspectors which includes reference to SMSC and the curriculum. On their website they have a copy of the complete guidance document and also a document containing the key sections from the guidance.

RE Today Services works nationally and internationally to support Religious Education in schools. It is committed to the teaching of the major world faiths in Religious Education, and to an accurate and fair representation of their beliefs, values and practices in all its teaching materials.

SLN programmes and classroom activities offer in relation to spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development

posted 4 Jan 2012, 04:25 by Daniel O'Brien   [ updated 4 Jan 2012, 04:26 ]

In the new Ofsted framework schools the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children and young people will be a significant focus in all lesson observations as well as overall school effectiveness.

Statements in the New Ofsted Inspection Framework describe the kind of impact SLN programmes and classroom activities offer in relation to spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development:

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