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Providing for pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is a statutory requirement for all schools, and should be central to a school's ethos, values and the broad and balanced curriculum that it provides.
SMSC development covers all that the school does to provide a safe, supportive environment for all pupils, how it enables them to participate in school life, and to develop the skills and attitudes that will prepare them for life in modern Britain.
It is clear that as school leaders and governors, we have a duty to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development in our schools. However, what do these terms mean for schools? What do inspectors consider when determining whether these aspects of a school’s offer are effective? What do governors need to be asking to ensure that they execute their duties effectively? The course will provide further guidance on how the effectiveness of SMSC provision is assessed in the inspection process, and how leaders and governors can best evidence this in an inspection.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Governors need to have an understanding of key developments in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing in schools.