SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.  Please click here to download a copy of our SMSC policy.

Here at OSPA our SMSC program underpins all aspects of our rich and diverse curriculum. We continuously monitor the provision of SMSC delivery throughout the academy and keep an up to date file of evidence.


Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Here at OSPA we:

  • Teach to the agreed syllabus for RE.
  • Have weekly multi faith assemblies.
  • Encourage an environment based around awe and wonder.


Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Here at OSPA we:

  • Fundamental British Values (FBV) assemblies
  • Class charters and classroom rules
  • Good to be Green behaviour system
  • Rewards for positive behaviour
  • Classroom debates and opportunities to voice and accept other’s viewpoints.


Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Here at OSPA we:

  • Encourage respect for different cultures and faith through education and opportunities to ask questions.
  • Fundamental British Values (FBV) enrichment sessions (based on Go Givers lessons)
  • FBV assemblies and follow up work.
  • Collaborative learning with other classes and year groups.


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Here at OSPA we:

  • Encourage diversity through celebration days and assemblies.
  • Celebrate different cultures traditions ( Chinese New Year for example)
  • Creative curriculum following the cornerstones curriculum.
  • FBV lessons and assemblies.

Please click on the link below for more information on how we teach SMSC and FBV in our academy.

SMSC and FBV overview