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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit


At Smallwood Primary School we recognise SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural) is significant in shaping our children for adult life, and that their personal development impacts their ability to achieved.

Our staff are committed to providing a setting that gives our children the opportunity to explore and develop their own values and beliefs. We are located in a diverse area and therefore strive to ensure that our children have an understanding of social and cultural traditions, and an appreciation of other cultures and beliefs around them. We aim to support children’s development by integrating SMSC into all areas of the school environment; through PSHE/RE teaching, a range of assemblies that embrace our diverse community, ensuring our displays represent different areas of SMSC, and groups run in the school.

We aim to promote the British Values at Smallwood School through our high expectation of behaviour of students at Smallwood School, in line with the British Values. The British Values are outlined by Ofsted as; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and a mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences.

(School Inspection Handbook from September 2015)


Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

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

(School Inspection Handbook from September 2015)   


Pupils’ social development is shown by their: 

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

(School Inspection Handbook from September 2015)


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their: 

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

(School Inspection Handbook from September 2015)

Current SMSC Projects

WE Group – the WE Group at Smallwood School are part of the WE Charity.

The group consists of children from across KS2 who aim to fundraise for communities that are in need. Our WE Group have chosen to fundraise for Kenya, and want to help improve their healthcare. Our next event is Keep The Beat; our children are being sponsored to keep a beat going through the whole school day.