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:
- 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.