SMSC –Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a fundamental part of our curriculum at Clarendon and underpins all the children’s learning. We believe the importance of SMSC is central to the development and growth of our children as citizens of the future and is at the heart of what our staff team say education is all about.

We have a clear set of school values that each class champions and models to everyone in school.

Challenge                     Vision
Love of Learning          Acceptance
Aspiration                     Leadership
Resilience                     Uniqueness
Enjoyment                     Everyone
Nurturing                       Success
Nobody left behind

In addition, we promote British values as part of our approaches to SMSC. These values are Democracy – making decisions together, Rule of Law– understanding rules matter as cited in personal social and emotional development, Individual Liberty – freedom for all and Mutual Respect and Tolerance – treat others as you want to be treated.

Through our curriculum we develop our children’s self-esteem and self-confidence so they have a breadth of skills to deal with different situations. We teach our children to distinguish right from wrong and to accept responsibility for their own behaviour. During your child’s education at Clarendon we teach them how they can contribute positively to the local community and to wider society encouraging respect and tolerance for other people.

Spiritual Development

Encourages children to understand characteristics such as courage, strength, hope, acceptance, compassion and love, so that they can face the challenges with confidence and resilience.

Children are able to reflect on their own beliefs and enjoy learning about the wider world around them. Spiritual Development is shown through their imagination and creativity in their learning.

Moral Development

Enables children to take an increasingly thoughtful view of what is right and wrong, encouraging characteristics such as kindness, unselfishness and truthfulness.

Children are able to reflect on their own behaviour and that of others showing an understanding of consequences. They develop their own views about moral and ethical issues.

Social Development

Enables children to relate to others and develop qualities of respectfulness, tolerance and a willingness to get involved with the wider community.

Children are encouraged to use a range of social skills in different contexts showing a willingness to cooperate well with others. The skills they learn at school will allow them to positively contribute to life in the community when they are adults.

Cultural Development

Enables children to develop a sense of identity by understanding their own culture and cultures of others by engaging in music, the arts, traditions and customs.

Children will learn to value the things that we share in common and develop an appreciation and understanding of different cultures, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.