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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) at Cononley Primary School


SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. The following definitions show what pupils are expected to do:

Spiritual Development

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral Development

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social Development

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural Development

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


Click here to see the full Ofsted definition SMSC from the School Inspection Handbook September 2015.

Impact of SMSC at Cononley Primary School

  • 98% of parents and carers agreed or strongly agreed that their child is happy in school   - Parent Questionnaire 2018
  • 97% of children in KS2 feel happy at school (35% sometimes/ 62% always) Health and Well-being Survey 2019
  • 100% of KS2 children feel safe at school (12% sometimes/ 88% always) Health and Well-being Survey 2018
  • KS2 Anti Bullying Questionnaire July 2019: 96% said that they felt very safe or safe in school. 93% said they felt very safe or safe on the playground.
  • KS1 Anti Bullying Questionnaire July 2019: 92% of pupils said that ‘I feel safe in school’.
  •  88% of Y5 and Y6 pupils said that in this school people with different backgrounds are valued -Health and Well-being Survey 2018
  • 94% of Y5 and Y6 pupils said that the school encourages everyone to treat each other with respect - Health and Well-being survey 2018
  • 97% of Y5 and Y6 pupils scored medium-high, high or maximum scores on the Stirling Children’s Well-being Scale - 2018
  • 82% of Y5 and Y6 pupils said that the school encourages everyone to take part in decisions - Health and Well-being Survey 2018


At Cononley Primary School we develop SMSC through our curriculum in all subjects, and particularly in R.E. (Religious Education) PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education). SMSC is also developed through extra-curricular and enrichment activities and supported by our school aims and values.

To see how we developed SMSC at Cononley School in 2018 to 2019, please click the links below:

Spiritual Development     Moral Development      Social Development        Cultural Development

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