SMSC opportunities

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  Every school in England needs to be able to show progress in SMSC.  SMSC lessons take place weekly and Northlands use a resource called ‘Votes for Schools’ to promote and develop the pupils’ knowledge about spiritual, moral, social and cultural current affairs.

Votes for Schools was created to give all children a better knowledge of current affairs and get them voting!

As part of the weekly vote, Votes for Schools provides the class teacher with resources to open discussion, as a basis for informed decision making, directly meeting the needs of children.

According to Ofsted, fundamental British values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faiths

Our pupils look forward to their SMSC lessons and enjoy feeling part of a democracy where their opinion counts.  Each year group will be participating in the delivery of an SMSC assembly to the whole school which will take place virtually during the Covid-19 restrictions. These are some of the things our children say: