Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Policy Jan 2019
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‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’



Reviewed: Jan 2019 To be reviewed every 2 years. Next review date: January 2021

A reflection regarding church schools and their purpose


Church schools are as concerned as any other school to equip pupils for lives marked by rapid change, global competition and insecurity. But Church schools know in their viscera that this is not just about acquiring skills and good examination results. It is about forming people who have the moral strength and spiritual depth to hold to a course and weather ups and downs. It is about forming people who know that economic competition is not more important than family life and love of neighbour, and that technical innovation is not more important than reverence for the beauty of creation. It is about forming people who, however academically and technically skilful, are not reduced to inarticulate embarrassment by the great questions of life and death, meaning and truth. Church schools themselves embody the truth that a context of firm principles suffused by faith and love is the best and right basis for learning and growing.’

Taken from The Way Ahead ‘Church of England schools in the new millennium’ (2001)


In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus teaches us to ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.  It is from this that we get our key Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Care and Courage.  These provide a stable and caring environment where we are 'preparing each child for their future in an ever- changing world'.

Following the example of the Good Samaritan we are an inclusive school, serving equally those of all faiths or none through the provision of an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.


At Hagbourne CE Primary School we nurture our children, within our Christian environment, to be caring, respectful, responsible individuals who have courage to take risks and make the right choices. The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is considered to be ‘a whole school issue’. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is promoted not only through all the subjects of the curriculum but also through the ethos of the school and through the development of positive attitudes and through our four Christian values.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is crucial for individual pupils, staff and for society as a whole. We believe it is the heart of what education is all about - helping pupils grow and develop as people and we are ‘preparing each child for their future in an ever- changing world'.   


Hagbourne Church of England Primary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum to:

The promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of each individual is seen as the responsibility of all members of staff. Much of this development should be assimilated through the ethos of the school. However, there are many opportunities within cross curricular work to focus on the aims and objectives outlined. All children regardless of gender, ability or social background will receive the same teaching with each of their views being taken into account and valued.  

Spiritual Development

As a school we have decided on the following definition of Spirituality:

‘A personal engagement with something / someone beyond ourselves from which we derive beliefs and values to give our lives meaning’.

Children’s spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve.

We support the development of spirituality through:

As a staff we have reflected on where the opportunities to develop spirituality arise and this is evidenced in our spirituality evidence grid.

Moral Development

Pupils are taught the need for a common code and to follow it from conviction rather than because of sanctions or consequences.

We support moral development through:

Social Development

This enables pupils to become conscientious participants in their family, class, school, the local and wider community. It is part of the school’s responsibility to support pupils and their families in the formation of good social attitudes.

We support social development through:

Cultural Development

At the heart of cultural development lies the necessity to develop a sense of personal identity, whilst at the same time acquiring awareness, understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others.

We support cultural development through:


Monitoring And Evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. This is achieved by evaluating SMSC during lesson observations, pupil consultation, collective worship monitoring and learning walks.