Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)



Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

At Oriel Academy, West London we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, 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. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life and through the diverse mix of Class and Celebration Assemblies offered.


The aims of our SMSC education programme are:

  • to ensure pupils’ education at Oriel Academy, West London is holistic rather than focussed narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning.
  • to provide pupils with a rounded education, including learning how to work and play together, understanding and respecting others’ points of view, respecting and applying rules and understanding why these exist. 
  • to prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives, and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
  • to be productive members of society who 'live' Modern Democratic British Values. 
  • to detect and prevent radicalisation and provide pupils with the skills they need to keep themselves safe (online or in the real world).
  • to encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others’ lives, and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities. 


SMSC is delivered through:

  • The 8 Conditions That Make A Difference
    • Belonging
    • Heroes
    • Sense of Accomplishment
    • Fun and Excitement
    • Curiosity and Creativity
    • Sense of Adventure
    • Leadership and Responsibility
    • Confidence to Take Action
  • The everyday teaching and learning that occur daily within the school day.
  • The plethora of extra-curricular and non-class based opportunities, including whole school assemblies, an education at Oriel Academy provides for its pupils
  • The school’s established procedures and behaviour management policies and strategies



SMSC skills and understanding are developed through:

  • The RE curriculum which encourages pupils to explore spiritual thinking through their own and others’ beliefs and values, and to develop an awe and wonder for the natural world
  • The Art curriculum which affords pupils the chance to explore spiritualism and reflect on their feelings and motivations, and respond visually to these.
  • The English curriculum which gives pupils opportunities to consider moral codes and rules through units of work on for example, fables and other morality tales.
  • The PSHE curriculum which promotes a spiritual, reflective approach to considering and celebrating difference and diversity between people.
  • The Science curriculum encompasses pupils’ spiritual development in acquiring a wonder and awe in the natural world.
  • The History Curriculum which includes important aspects of pupils acquiring and appreciating the origins and reasons for contemporary culture and society.
  • All curriculum subjects feature peer assessment which requires pupils to use their social skills to feedback


Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

  • Cookery Lessons encouraging spiritual development via creativity through cooking
  • Whole-school and class assemblies are often vehicles for the promotion of moral values and ethics
  • Age Concern are invited to our Christmas Performances, encouraging moral understanding by valuing members of society.
  • Educational Visits and residential trips involve the development of many social skills for pupils.
  • A range of musical, artistic and creative performances provide opportunities for pupils to develop social skills through team work and also promotes cultural appreciation and reflection of artistic, music and thespian talents
  • Sports teams necessitate social development by sharing effort and endeavour in order to succeed.


Our Wider Community:

It is important that parents and carers support what we are doing in school, regarding the spiritual, cultural, moral and social skills of pupils.  We encourage parents’ involvement through our ‘open door’ policy, newsletters, class assemblies to which parents are invited, during which pupils’ school and extra-curricular achievements are celebrated, and our close home/school liaison.