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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

Mount Stewart Federation focuses on the holistic development of our students, encompassing Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural (SMSC) growth. This isn't a standalone subject but a pervasive aspect of our educational approach, influencing both our curriculum and school environment. Key subjects like PSHcE and RE naturally integrate SMSC development. Additionally, our school ethos, worship practices, behaviour expectations, and overall attitudes contribute to fostering these values.

In line with the UK Government's 'Prevent' strategy, we emphasize core British values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, and Tolerance for different faiths and beliefs.


Our SMSC program is designed to:

  • Foster self-awareness, self-esteem, and confidence in our students.
  • Teach students to differentiate between right and wrong, respecting both civil and criminal laws of England.
  • Encourage responsible behaviour and initiative, highlighting the importance of contributing positively to local and broader communities.
  • Instill respect for public institutions and services in England.
  • Promote tolerance and harmony among diverse cultural traditions.
  • Encourage respect for others and democratic principles, including understanding the basis of lawmaking and application in England.
  • These principles are integral to our approach to SMSC, ensuring that British Values are interwoven throughout our educational framework.


How do we provide SMSC development opportunities?


We aim to give every child the chance to explore social and moral issues, develop a sense of responsibility, and endorse British Values. Our educational approach includes opportunities for students to:

  • Explore their own values, beliefs, and spiritual awareness.
  • Maintain high standards of personal behaviour.
  • Develop teamwork and collaborative skills.
  • Cultivate a caring attitude towards others.
  • Understand social and cultural traditions.
  • Learn about democratic processes and the law in England.
  • Appreciate and accept cultural diversity.
  • Experience and appreciate different cultures.
  • Celebrate each other’s achievements.
  • Access a variety of enriching experiences, such as educational trips.