SMSC Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

The Clare School has a strong commitment to the personal and social development of all pupils.  The school vision and values supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all pupils.

What is SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development?

Here is a summary to explain SMSC – it is personalised for all our students in The Clare School.

Spiritual development is when we:

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

Moral development is when we:

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development is when we:

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural development is when we:

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

In our school pupil’s SMSC development is seen for example in:

  • Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills
  • Developing an awareness and respect for diversity
  • Developing and appreciation of theatre
  • Developing an understanding of right and wrong
  • Developing the communication skills to make choices about likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.
  • Taking part in sporting opportunities
  • Taking part in cultural opportunities
  • Taking part in artistic opportunities


To explore this in far more detail and see detailed examples of our SMSC curriculum in action (with pictures!) please click on the link below:

SMSC examples 2015-16

SMSC Spring 2017

To read about our recent international development links, please click on the link below for the latest update from Julie Hatfield:


Begium report – Julie Hatfield 2017