SMSC refers to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

SMSC is not a subject in itself but should be delivered and permeate everything a school does, including:

  • the school ethos and aims
  • the curriculum and wider activities
  • quality of teaching
  • relationships and care for each other
  • children’s confidence and self-esteem
  • community and other links
  • children’s behaviour
  • learning environment
  • promotion of health and well-being
  • Religious Education, Citizenship and PSHE
  • assemblies and collective worship

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2015 – 2016 ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Friday 20th Nov : Visit of musicians from the Cheethams School of Music
  • Mon 5th Oct : Poetry Week
  • Tue 29th Sep 2015 : Visit of Rachael Dodgson from UK Parliament Education Service
  • Wed 18th Sep 2015 : 2015-2016 Gifted, Talented and Interested Programme starts (5 schools)
  • Mon 14th Sep 2015 : Year 6 residential visit to the Isle of Man (Manx Heritage)
  • Wed 9th Sep 2015 : First meeting of Pupil Parliament (all pupils in Years 2 – 6)
  • Tue 1st Sep 2015 : All staff undertake Extremism and Radicalization Awareness Training

2014 – 2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

  • Year 6 pupil passes Grade 2 Flute examination
  • 96 pupils awarded for strengths in learning characteristics
  • Football team win local competition
  • Cheer-leading team take part in opening ceremony of School Games in Manchester
  • Cheer-leading teams wins competition category
  • Key Stage 2 : Music of the Continents Concert
  • Year 5 perform at the Bridgewater Hall
  • Year 4 Arts Project Performance at MHA
  • Visit of musicians from the Cheetham’s School of Music
  • School Choir performs at The Monastery in aid of The Christie Charitable Trust



Spiritual development refers to the opportunities children have to:

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

At Northenden Community School we do this through …

  • Religious Education
  • visits to places of worship, e.g. different churches and mosques
  • themed assemblies
  • appreciation of the wider world and its beauty
  • exploration within the curriculum
  • empathy and respect for one another
  • developing thinking about the world
  • developing perseverance and persistence in learning
  • using their creativity and imagination in all subjects
  • developing a love for learning and a sense of achievement
  • developing values and beliefs
  • developing an understanding of feelings and how to manage them
  • exploring feelings such as happiness



Moral development refers to the opportunities children have to:

  • recognise right and wrong
  • respect the law
  • understand consequences
  • investigate moral and ethical issues
  • offer reasoned views

At Northenden Community School we do this through …

  • clear Behaviour Code (the school rules)
  • behaviour policy, including understanding the consequences of their behaviour
  • anti-discrimination, anti-racist and anti-bullying policies
  • exploring moral dilemmas across the curriculum, e.g. writing from different viewpoints
  • children’s accountability to each other for their behaviour
  • exploration of moral and other issues through Philosophy for Children (P4C) sessions
  • encouraging children to be honest and tell the truth
  • helping children to resolve conflicts with each other
  • understanding and respecting each other’s feelings, opinions, views and beliefs
  • exploration of ethical issues in the curriculum, e.g. Fair Trade



Social development refers to the opportunities children have to:

  • investigate and social issues
  • appreciate diverse viewpoints
  • participate, volunteer and cooperate
  • resolve conflict
  • engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance

At Northenden Community School we do this through …

  • developing effective relationships and friendships
  • promoting good manners and politeness
  • promoting effective team work and co-operation in a range of activities
  • understanding rights and responsibilities
  • raising money for charity on a regular basis
  • citizenship curriculum and PSHE curriculum
  • promoting kindness and thoughtfulness
  • exploring democracy and how it works
  • pupil voice and school pupil parliament
  • debate and other class and wider discussions
  • understanding different nationalities
  • links and work with other schools
  • older children helping younger children at playtimes





Cultural Development refers to the opportunities children have to:

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

At Northenden Community School we do this through …

  • understanding the traditions of different cultures
  • visits to museums, art galleries, theatre and music events
  • multicultural art and music activities, e.g. through arts month
  • developing talents, e.g. in sport and in music
  • promoting an interest in and love of different subjects
  • understanding technology and how it can be used
  • understanding equality and respect for people of all backgrounds
  • residential activities
  • links and work with other school

Fundamental British Values

A key aspect of SMSC is the school’s promotion of ‘Fundamental British Values’. In promoting Fundamental British Values, schools should:

  • enable pupil to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour and show initiative
  • develop pupils’ understand of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

Pupils are expected to have:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;
  • an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

At Northenden, we do this through …

  • developing rights and responsibilities
  • encouraging respect for each other
  • visits to different places of worship
  • involving children in democratic  issues, e.g. national elections
  • visits from our Member of Parliament
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