SMSC – a guide for the classroom


More information can be found in two related posts about SMSC here and here.


SMSC provision isn’t a new bolt on that needs to be added to lessons, it is already embedded in the curriculum. This document will hopefully help you identify what you are already doing that contributes to SMSC outcomes.


Enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self- confidence


Probably doing Possible opportunities
Teachers should be acting as role models of the values desired in pupils Where pupils already have religious or non religious beliefs, support and encourage these beliefs in ways which are personal and relevant to the pupils
Value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas, and concerns Encourage pupils to explore and critically analyse what interests and inspires themselves and others
Ensure an environment is created where every child may reach their potential
Help pupils to be aware of their potential and support them to achieve it
Encourage pupils to reflect and learn from reflection
Encourage individual endeavour and celebrate achievement and success
Encourage pupils to work and cooperate as part of a team
Provide opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills and challenge, and develop self-reliance




Enable pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law



Probably doing Possible opportunities
Provide a clear framework of values and behaviours which is promoted consistently, with teachers as role models; Teach pupils how today’s legal system has evolved and why it is important, and help them understand the law and the importance of abiding by it;
Reward good insight and behaviour Give pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values
Address discrimination and promote equality Teach pupils about citizenship, and the importance of being a good citizen
Discuss in an informed and balanced way breaches of agreed moral codes where they arise, and their impact on society and themselves
Provide models of virtue through literature, humanities, sciences, arts, assemblies, relevant role models, and acts of worship;
Reinforce the importance of a cohesive, harmonious, law abiding society though images, posters, classroom displays , exhibitions, etc;




Encourage pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute to community life



Probably doing Possible opportunities 
Foster a sense of community, with common and inclusive values which ensure that everyone can flourish School linking or partnership work to give pupils the chance to mix with pupils from different areas/cultures/faith
  • Encourage pupils to work co-operatively


Help pupils to develop personal qualities which are valued in society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference and sound moral principles
Provide positive group activities Provide opportunities for participating in different communities
  • Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their actions


Ensure opportunities are provided for pupils to demonstrate initiative, develop their interests and organise activities for themselves and others.
Provide opportunities for pupils to exercise leadership and responsibility

Provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England



Probably doing Possible opportunities
  • Ensure that all pupils have a voice that is listened to


Teach pupils about democracy and citizenship, and the importance of being a good citizen
Provide positive and effective links with the world of work and the wider community Ensure that pupils are aware of their rights and the rights of others as human beings
Teach pupils about what public institutions and services are available
Provide opportunities for pupils to learn about and engage in local and national democratic processes



Assist pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions



Probably doing Possible opportunities 
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultural assumptions and values


Provide opportunities for pupils to participate in cultural events and encourage pupils to reflect on their significance
Provide opportunities for pupils to mix with children from other cultures
Give pupils the opportunity to explore different values, beliefs, and cultures
Present authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures
Develop partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness




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