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Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)

Promoting Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development


To support our children with their SMSC development we have 6 core Brookland Values and 4 learning principles which underpin our strong school vision statement. Please see our vision and values section for more information. 


We believe it’s important to develop inquisitive and enquiring minds, hence the necessity for children to take initiative and personal responsibility for some of their learning.  We also believe that it is very important for the school community to work positively together to support the children.  We encourage the children to develop personal and social skills through learning with and alongside others, showing respect for themselves and other around them.


Our clear values support all children, staff, governors and community to develop effective relationships throughout the school, and provide the basis for our Behaviour Management Policy and are woven into our PSHE and RE curriculums. 

The school’s spiritual development provision enables children to:

  • Be reflective about their beliefs, religious or otherwise, and their perspective on life.
  • Have knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • Use imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Develop willingness to reflect on their experiences.


The school’s moral development provision enables children to:

  • Recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in doing so, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Develop an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and an ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


The school’s social development provision enables children to:

  • Use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with children from different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Participate in a variety of community and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Accept and engage with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and acceptance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, and contribute positively to, life in modern Britain.


The school’s cultural development provision enables children to:

  • Understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  • Understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within the school, and further afield, as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Develop knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Participate in, and respond positively to, artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Develop an interest in exploring, improving their understanding of, and showing respect for, different faiths and cultures.
  • 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.