SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development)

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their children develop in SMSC. At Milton Mount Primary School we approach this through our monthly Milton Mount Values as well as the PSHE curriculum and assemblies. Another integral part of this is our work on British Values.


Spiritual development is not just about religion. It is about those magical moments when something inspires you; exploring beliefs and experience; respecting faiths, understanding feelings and values; enjoying learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; using your imagination and creativity and reflecting.


In teaching children moral education, amongst other things we learn about the British value called 'Rule of Law'. The children learn to recognise right and wrong; they learn to respect the law; they understand consequences of poor behaviour; they investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views. The children are always quick to share their ideas and respond to quite challenging questions. At the start of each year, each class creates their own Class Charter and are reminded of the schools Golden Rights.  


The ability to get on with others is one of the most important aspects of learning in school. Children at Milton Mount are taught to use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict and engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


At Milton Mount we like to celebrate the cultural influences of our school community. The children come from a range of backgrounds and a variety of languages are spoken by children and parents. We encourage children to talk about thier experiences; share stories from their faiths; learn to accept our differences; appreciate the rights of children across the world (based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child); participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. Some of our children volunteer and learn to be 'Young Interpreters'. These children regularly buddy up with and support children whose English is an additional language.