Last reviewed on 23 June 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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SMSC policies allow you to explain how you meet the spiritual, moral, social and cultural needs of your pupils. See examples of SMSC policies from primary, secondary, special and all-through schools.

Policies from primary schools

Voluntary aided school

St Peter's Brafferton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, North Yorkshire, combines its spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) policy with its British Values policy.

The policy covers the school’s commitments for each element of SMSC education – for example, it states a commitment to celebrating religious and non-religious beliefs, and to "weaving global education themes" through its curriculum.

The policy also explains how the SMSC development of pupils is promoted across the curriculum.

Community school 

Manuden Primary School in Essex uses its SMSC policy to cover topics such as:

  • School values
  • How the school implements SMSC teaching
  • Links with the community
  • The impact of SMSC development
  • How it monitors and evaluates SMSC development

The policy also includes a checklist that can be used to monitor how SMSC is being taught, including a space to record evidence and note next steps.

Acre Rigg Academy in County Durham has an SMSC policy