SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development)

At Parklands we believe that one of the main aims of our school is to guide and develop the personal development of all our pupils. The education of the pupils at Parklands is not solely about the gaining of knowledge and the acquisition of skills.

This is because we believe that the development of personal, social and emotional attributes, will in turn support the whole child, thereby enabling them to flourish academically, equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will improve their life chances. We consider that learners’ wider development is important to ensure that all can lead successful lives and make meaningful contributions to society.

The staff of Parklands chose the six values of: independence, cooperation, respect, responsibility, resilience and ambition to underpin the ethos of our school. These are the foundation of the school enabling us to each work, learn and live in harmony together.

Our intent is that the Parklands Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC), is the golden thread that weaves through both our school curriculum and culture. We believe that personal, social and emotional skills are vital to our children, if they are going to reach their potential academically and more importantly, as adults of an ever-changing future.

The purpose of a diverse and engaging SMSC curriculum at Parklands is to provide the essential building blocks for life-long learning so that the children can concentrate, interact with others, regulate their emotions, build resilience and cope with the challenges of modern life.

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.


To explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.


To recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


To use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


To appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.