Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Provision at Goffs-Churchgate

Our mission statement ‘Respect, Aspire, Nurture & Achieve’ exemplifies our holistic approach to the importance of the development of every aspect of SMSC at the school.  Student experiences and curriculum ensure that our students are well rounded and conscientious individuals.

We aim to ensure:

  • That the local and school community are aware of our values and principles
  • A consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and school life
  • That we know every student and ensure that their education is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background
  • That students have a good understanding of their responsibilities within our community and how to exercise them

We recognise that the development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, not only plays a crucial part both in our student’s ability to learn and achieve, but also in their ability to relate fully to the world we live in.  

All curriculum areas plan for and contribute to every student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities. Through our curriculum we aim to provide an education that provides our students with the opportunity to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising and accepting that those of others may differ. 

We explore beliefs, spiritual awareness and ensure that high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our school and community wide curriculum.

All students are expected to exhibit high standards of personal behaviour; this includes showing a caring and positive attitude towards others and making an effort to understand the social and cultural traditions of others. The ability to learn from and appreciate the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills that are nurtured and fostered within all our students across the school and curriculum.

All staff model and promote socially responsible behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals, showing respect and kindness to students, their families and the community. We ensure that students learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people and encourage them to value themselves and others. 

We promote the understanding of students’ rights and acceptance of their responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. Goffs-Churchgate-Churchgate Academy rules and Anti-Bullying systems promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This is reflected in the teacher's planning and learning resources. 

During ATM students are taught content that covers a range of topics including, British Values, staying safe, staying healthy and anti-bullying and tolerance. Through these sessions, students have a chance to explore these areas in greater detail, and to discuss their thoughts and opinions.

Students also have a weekly assembly where topics of the day or key themes are explored,such as role models or personal safety.

Through Form time sessions (ATM), assemblies, Curriculum Enrichment Days and the wider community we provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Share their achievements and successes with others
  • Discuss personal experiences and feelings
  • Express and explore their own ideas and beliefs
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc
  • Explore different relationships with friends/family/others
  • Demonstrate empathy and consider the needs and behaviour of others
  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others
  • Develop a sense of belonging
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable children to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.

SMSC opportunities

Spiritual Development
  • Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience
  • Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought
  • Foster their emotional life and express their feelings
  • Experience moments of stillness and reflection
  • Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences
  • Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life
Moral Development
  • Recognise the unique value of every individual – it’s good to be different
  • Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others
  • Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes
  • Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others
  • Know the difference between right and wrong and take action for justice
  • Show respect for others and the for the school and community environment

Make informed and independent judgements and decisions

Social Development
  • Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity
  • Help others in the school and wider community
  • Develop leadership skills and contribute to the community
  • Help others through volunteering
  • Support others through charity work

Build and develop networks within the community

Cultural Development
  • Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity within Goffs-Churchgate, the local community and Britain
  • Recognise and value individual differences that make a person unique
  • Develop an understanding of the UK's local, national, European, Commonwealth and global community
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of life in modern Britain
All curriculum areas provide opportunities to:
  • Listen and talk to each other
  • Develop an awareness of treating all as equals, accepting people who are different because of physical and learning difficulties
  • Agree and disagree
  • Experience and observe good role models
  • Take turns and share ideas and give peers the opportunity to contribute
  • Work co-operatively and collaboratively


Practical activities to develop SMSC across the school will include:

  • Working together in different groupings and situations
  • Taking responsibility e.g. Subject Leaders, Student Parliament, House Captains, leading assembly, Student Receptionist, Leadership Academy, Reading Buddies, Prom Committee, Lead Learners and Anti-Bullying Advocates
  • Encouraging teamwork in all group activities
  • Showing appreciation of the performances of other children regardless of ability
  • Meeting people from different cultures and countries
  • Participation in a variety of different educational visits
  • Participation in shows and performances
  • Participation in Restorative Justice and community payback is a key part of our Behaviour for Learning Policy
  • Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of our heritage, other cultures and individual differences e.g. festival days, the Patron Saints, themed awareness and national celebrations
  • Visits from writers, inspirational speakers & businesses and participating in workshops
  • Opportunities for the students to visit the theatre and see live performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians
  • Studying the contributions to society that certain famous, historical and influential people have made

Links with the wider community

  • Visitors are welcomed into our school - all appropriately checked
  • The school supports the work of a variety of charities
  • The development of strong home-school communication is regarded as very important, enabling parents/carers and teachers to work in an effective partnership to support the children
  • Students appreciate and take responsibility for their local environment
  • Liaison with local Primary schools to support the primary curriculum e.g. Primary Project  
  • Student visits and community projects with the Elderly

Monitoring and evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis via:

  • Monitoring of teaching and learning and work scrutiny by HoDs/DoLs/SLT/Principal/ Governors
  • Discussions and review at staff, SLT and Governors' meetings
  • Audit of the school curriculum the school's approach to collective reflection
  • Regular Student Voice

We firmly believe that the effective provision and delivery of a curriculum and wider curriculum that serves to accomplish all aspects of SMSC development, will ensure our students develop the skills they need to achieve success and fulfilment in life.