Spiritual, Moral, Social Cultural (SMSC)

At Windmill Hill Academy, we are ‘Inspiring Passionate Lifelong Learners’ by providing them with a broad and balanced to inspire and motivate pupils to have high aspirations; provide them with the tools to become assessment-capable learners and be socially responsible within the school and wider community.
There is no statutory national curriculum for SMSC, yet all pupils must study it – and be taught about British Values under the Education Act (2002).
Non-statutory guidance documents speak of the importance of studying SMSC as; “It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.
Our school’s ethos and teaching, which parents are aware of, supports the rule of English civil and criminal law.
We have taken the guidance for SMSC and, having applied our experiences and understanding of learning, created this progression document across the school to help pupils to add knowledge to their long-term memories, helping them to learn.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. This knowledge and skills organiser for SMSC demonstrates the progression through the year groups.
It includes regular opportunities to revisit prior learning and build upon this.
SMSC is taught through a range of subjects and learning opportunities, for example, Pupil Parliament meetings and Collective Worship. Therefore, please see the knowledge and skills organiser, which clearly identifies where these opportunities will be.