SMSC development: action plans

Take a look at different ways primary, secondary and special schools are making action plans for their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development provision, so you can get inspiration to write your own.

Last reviewed on 26 July 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Primary schools
  2. Secondary schools
  3. Special schools

This article focuses on spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) action planning.

If you're looking to review your SMSC provision, start by auditing your SMSC offer using our template. Then, develop your own SMSC policy using our examples of SMSC education policies

Once you've done that, you can create a subject action plan to put what you want to achieve into actionable steps. Use our subject action plan template, as well as the examples below, to help you. 

Primary schools

Community primary school

Bentham Community Primary School, North Yorkshire, outlines how it promotes SMSC development within PSHE.

At the bottom of the page, there's a link to the school's action plan. The plan covers each element of SMSC per term, as well as:

  • What pupils learn and experience through the curriculum
  • What skills the curriculum teaches pupils
  • Evidence to show pupils' learning

Holly Grove Primary Academy in Staffordshire covers its approach to SMSC planning as