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Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

The Citizenship Foundation defines spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils in relation to pupils’ ability and willingness to do the following:

  • Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

  • Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

  • Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

  • Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


At Villiers, we believe in building a community of caring, compassionate, respectful and highly motivated children who will grow up into strong members of society.

Our school curriculum is planned to support this, and enriched with a wealth of opportunities for pupils to learn and play together, to take part in a wide variety of cultural activities, and to mix with people of other ages, cultures and faiths in order to develop understanding and interest in the world.

We aim to give our children the very best, and to ensure this we consider others’ views of what the very best is.

The OFSTED handbook identifies outstanding provision for SMSC in these terms;

‘The school’s curriculum: provides highly positive, memorable experiences and rich opportunities for high quality learning; has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety; and contributes very well to pupils’ achievement and to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school’s thoughtful and wide ranging promotion of the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.

Consequently, pupils and groups of pupils have excellent experiences at school, ensuring that they are very well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.’

The ways in which we promote SMSC through our curriculum are detailed in the SMSC Curriculum Map:

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