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Social Moral Spiritual Cultural - SMSC


“….pupils in the school are developing a good understanding of life in modern Britain and the democratic nature of our society.”
Ofsted , 2015

At Spring Hill High School SMSC is developed through:

  • Personalised curriculum.
  • Engaging in a range of social situations.
  • Developing an awareness and respect for diversity.
  • Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
  • Developing the communication skills to make choices about likes/dislikes in school, then educational visits in the wider community.
  • Taking part in sporting opportunities.
  • Taking part in cultural opportunities.
  • Taking part in artistic opportunities; theatre, music and arts.


Promoting British Values

Our Values Statement

We promote ‘British Value’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the school’s curriculum and supports the holistic development of all of our students. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all staff in accordance with the school’s use of the family social model. This provides a model of behaviour for all of our students. The curriculum offers broad and balanced opportunities, which are differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of each individual.


‘British Values’ have been identified as:


Democracy is modeled throughout the school.

  • Through the school’s student council we ensure that students are given a voice to communicate.
  • Through the school’s Responsibility Points System  we empower our students by providing them with opportunities to make the appropriate choices.
  • Our weekly tutorials give students an opportunity to making their voice heard. By valuing each ‘voice’ and by listening and responding to that voice we demonstrate to the students  that we support democracy and liberty.


Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced in our support of positive behaviours at Spring Hill High School.

  • Our codes of behaviour teach students how to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school, community and society. Students are taught how  to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. Students come to appreciate the rules of the school because they are linked to their rights and responsibilities. We support students to understand the connection between actions and consequences.


Individual Liberty

Within school, students  are actively encouraged to make choices.

  • The school provides a safe and supportive environment for students to learn how to make the right choice. We endeavour to demonstrate that everyone has rights; this includes the right to say 'Yes' or 'No' to  ideas or activities.
  • The school provides the consistent boundaries for students to make free choices safely .
  • Our empowering curriculum provide students with an understanding of how to exercise their rights and personal freedoms, and advises on how to exercise these: for example through E-safety and PHSE lessons.
  • Promoting independence is an important part of teaching our students how to understand themselves and their personal freedoms.


Mutual Respect

Our multi-cultural school believes in ‘respect for all’

  • One of the school’s Responsibility Points is to show and earn respect. This teaches students the value of a respect in a multicultural environment.
  • We promote each student's inclusion in activities, settings and locations that are appropriate to them individually to meet their needs. This encourages them to work with other students and come to appreciate their differences.
  • Our activity based curriculum encourages our students to  go out  into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations. These include: sports events, community events and whole school events. We believe it is important to facilitate opportunities to be part of the community as the students, families and staff have much to offer in the development of community cohesion.
  • Fair play and team spirit is encouraged all activities that students do.



We are fortunate at Spring Hill High school to be a part of an amazingly diverse school.

  • Cultural appreciation and development forms part of our curriculum.
  • Our diverse staff population gives students an opportunity to experience first hand a number of different cultures and religions, which they enjoy and appreciate.
  • Our friendly family ethos, which promotes respect for all, encourages students to appreciate their own sexuality and  respect the sexuality of others. The security of the environment gives students an opportunity to speak freely about their sexuality.
  • We encourage participation in events and celebrations to broaden all students’ experiences and awareness of others.This is completed through awareness weeks with key themes and topics such as black history month, national autism awareness week, faith celebrations and celebrations from a range of faiths and world events.



At Spring Hill High School, the lead teacher for SMSC is Zoe Kaur-Johal. It is her responsibility to promote SMSC including the “fundamental British values” of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and freedom of speech, mutual respect, and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs in our school.


SMSC at Spring Hill High School

Spring Hill High School has a strong commitment to the personal and social development of all students. The school vision and values, put together by all the staff, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all subject areas.


What is SMSC?

Spiritual development is when we:explore beliefs and experiences; 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.


Monitoring the engagement and impact of SMSC at Spring Hill High School

SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum. This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC are considered in all subject areas. The school’s SMSC coordinator does frequent book scrutinies to see how SMSC is being embedded across school. She does annual insets on SMSC and produces resources to support the implementation of SMSC. We have our own tracking document that audit engagement and impact of SMSC upon students.


Our School Council

We have a school council which was established in 2013. Representatives are elected from each school site on a termly basis. The school council representatives contribute towards raising suggestions from their peers on site and also contribute towards the decision making processes in school. Boards are established in each school site so that all staff and students are aware of who the terms representatives are. School counsellors are also involved in the development, planning, quality assurance and evaluation CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) services. The development of CEIAG services is informed by feedback from students and their designated counsellor.