What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

In November 2014, the DfE stated that ‘Maintained schools have obligations under section 78 of the Education Act (2002) which requires schools, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society.’ SMSC therefore closely links with Fundamental British ValuesThe Prevent Duty and PSHE & Citizenship. For further information, please see the associated policies.

How do we actively promote SMSC development at Castle Hill School?

Everything that we do at Castle Hill has links to or comes directly from SMSC development aims.  As a school we believe strongly in promoting the development of the whole child by giving them the very best opportunities to lead happy, fulfilled lives, playing their part in society.

In addition to the philosophical significance of SMSC, the teaching and learning of SMSC awareness, skills, and knowledge is promoted through systematically planned and assessed programmes of work. SMSC underpins and permeates every area of the curriculum. SMSC Development is further promoted through our work towards supporting Wellbeing and Unicef’s Rights Respecting School Award.



The pupils at Castle Hill School benefit from a broad, balanced and highly personalised curriculum.

Outside of the National Curriculum those areas which drive SMSC development include:

  • the delivery of the school’s Positive Behaviour Strategy which promotes positive approaches from staff in understanding and managing pupils’ behaviours and supports individual pupils in learning socially acceptable forms of behavioural communication

  • the Total Communication Strategy, the ultimate goal of which is to give each pupil effective means of communication and thus developing their sense of self and others

  • the child-centred approach to teaching and learning which promotes engaging, meaningful, and joyful learning experiences

  • a class, phase and school structure which builds in each pupil a sense of belonging from the familiarisation of class routines, a shared school rule and whole school celebrations of cultures and religions as well as learning and achievement

In order to ensure that SMSC learning experiences are broad, balanced and have built-in continuity and progression, they are included as a key aspect of the school’s planning and assessment processes.  There is a SMSC section in each curriculum guide, with teachers highlighting links to SMSC learning in their Medium and Short Term Planning.  The school’s assessment process (MAPP) includes a SMSC linked target which, in turn links to each pupil’s EHCP.

Please click here to access our curriculum page and full details of curriculum guides,

We have received the National SMSC Quality Mark Silver Award and we are now working towards the Gold award.

More information is available on the SMSC website, click here to view.

For further information of how SMSC is covered at Castle Hill School, please see the SMSC Policy .