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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Identities

What does SMSC stand for and how can you see it in our school?



  • We give students the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect peoples’ lives.
  • We give students the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
  • We encourage students to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference- for example, asking ‘why?’ ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ as well as ‘what?’.


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  • We provide a clear moral code as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school through our School Values.
  • We promote measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria.
  • We encourage students to take responsibility for their actions; for example, respect for property, care of the environment, and developing codes of behaviour.
  • We provide models of moral development through our curriculum and embedded into our Assembly Timetable.


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  • We foster a sense of community, with common, inclusive school values which ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion can flourish.
  • We help students develop personal qualities which are valued in a society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, interdependence, self-respect.
  • We provide a conceptual and linguistic framework within which to understand and debate social issues.
  • We encourage students to work together co-operatively.
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  • We provide opportunities for students to explore their own cultural assumptions and values.
  • We present authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures.
  • We extend students’ knowledge and use of cultural imagery and language, recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents.
  • We provide opportunities for students to participate in literature, drama, music, art and craft based activities.
  • All of our classes are named after theatres and we have a rich tradition of performing arts.
  • We work in partnership with The Blue Elephant Theatre, where our children regularly perform.
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SMSC permeates the curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning through the whole school vision. Below are our termly reports of the wide ranging SMSC provision at Comber Grove. The school’s weekly newsletter and website also capture SMSC in action.