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Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural

At Harry Watts Academy, we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural element of children’s education is crucial to their development as an individual, allowing them to maximise their empathy and understanding and to take their rightful place in the wider community as local, national and global citizen.

SMSC is about the values pupils are encouraged to hold as well as their attitude towards learning, knowledge and society. SMSC is fundamental in preparing children for the wider world. We therefore aim to provide an education that affords pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of a range of cultures.

All subjects provide opportunities to promote SMSC. A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos and effective relationships throughout the school. Explicit opportunities to promote pupil’s development in these areas are provided in Religious Education which is covered via our culture and enrichment timetable, Pathway assemblies, PSHE, student council and other curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

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 knowledge of, 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

Where will spiritual development be promoted at Harry Watts Academy?

  • School Assemblies
  • Enrichment and RE curriculum
  • PSHCE curriculum
  • Educational visits

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

Where will moral development be promoted at Harry Watts Academy?

  • Positive Behaviour plans
  • Individual pupil’s transactional support
  • Behaviour Monitoring
  • Behaviour working group
  • School rules
  • School council
  • Reward systems
  • Healthy schools agenda
  • Safeguarding
  • Thrive
  • SCERTS and EHCP targets
  • Educational visits
  • Extra-curricular activities (e.g. football team)

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, developing and demonstrating skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain

Where will social development be promoted at Harry Watts Academy?

  • School Assemblies
  • Whole school ethos and approach
  • PSHCE curriculum
  • Social and Emotional skills lessons
  • Theme days and events
  • Class observations
  • EHCP and SCERTS targets (social communication and emotional regulation)
  • THRIVE targets
  • School council
  • Total communication policy
  • Community engagement including travel training
  • Life skills -Preparation for Adulthood skills
  • Educational visits
  • Extra-curricular activities


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
  • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • 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 respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

Where will cultural development be promoted at Harry Watts Academy?

  • School Assemblies
  • Enrichment and RE curriculum
  • PSHCE curriculum
  • Educational visits