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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education



SMSC at Leasowes High School


SMSC at Leasowes High School is underpinned by our mission statement, where the importance of aspiration and achievement underpin our traditional values and high standards:

  • through our offer of a broad and balanced curriculum, we endeavour to maximise the life chances of all.

  • We recognise the potential of every individual and support them to ‘Aspire and Achieve’ in all that they do.

Leasowes High School recognises that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural element of students’ education is crucial to their development as an individual, allowing them to take their rightful place in the community as local, national and global citizens. SMSC is about the values students are encouraged to hold, their attitude towards learning, knowledge and society. 

Spiritual Development

The spiritual development of students is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values

  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning

  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Moral Development

The moral development of students is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding of their own lives and, in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England

  • Understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions

  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Social Development

The social development of students is shown by their:

  • Understanding of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

  • Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Cultural Development

The cultural development of students is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others

  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain

  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

  • Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities

  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.

At Leasowes High School, we seek to foster an attitude of tolerance and value towards those from a different culture and background. SMSC permeates in the work that we do, for example within the curriculum, PSHCE, RE, Forensic Reading, daily form time, assemblies, enrichment opportunities, Student Leadership responsibilities, student voice, extensive pastoral care systems including the Ethos Team, Inclusion and Reflection centres.

Through SMSC, we seek to develop attitudes and values that will enable students to become responsible and caring members of society.

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