Abbeywood Community School

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) development

(including the promotion of British values) 

At Abbeywood Community School it is fully recognised that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students plays a significant part in their ability to achieve in school and develop into positive citizens of Britain and the wider world.  We therefore aim to provide an education (via our Global Citizenship programme) that gives students many opportunities to explore and develop their own; values and beliefs, spiritual and moral awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and a deep appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. SMSC development is vitally important as it enables students to: 

  • Develop useful ‘soft employability skills’ – self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence, team working, communication, problem-solving and adaptability
  • Distinguish right from wrong and understand and respect the law
  • Develop a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services
  • Be well-informed about options and challenges facing them as they move through school and beyond
  • Develop a positive response to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Act responsibly for their behaviour in school
  • Develop into responsible citizens who can show initiative and make a positive contribution to their local community and wider society
  • Explore and develop their creativity and imagination and become successful, curious and resilient life-long learners who enjoy learning
  • Lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Reflect on beliefs and values and acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, our diverse British culture, and other cultures around the world in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony, and safeguards against the risk of developing extreme or radical views 

Through the development of SMSC at Abbeywood Community School we aim to: 

  • ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles;
  • ensure that education of each student is set within a context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, prior attainment and background;
  • provide each student with a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experiences and cultural, historic and current events or issues;
  • enable students to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity;
  • enable students to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that enrich British society;
  • give each student many opportunities to explore social and moral issues, and develop a firm sense of social and moral responsibility; and 
  • promote fundamental British values (including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs) and challenge extremist views