Ofsted look closely at SMSC in schools

Spiritual, moral and cultural values have been ‘taught’ in schools for many years now - but recent changes to the Ofsted Framework mean they’ll feature much more prominently in the classroom of the future.

Take a look at Ofsted’s “draft framework for school inspection” and you’ll see that it features five times!

Page 5:

“In reporting, inspectors must also consider the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at the school.”

Page 14: (Part B. The focus of school inspections)

“The evaluation schedule, which is published separately, provides guidance to schools and inspectors on the key judgements that are reached by inspectors during the course of the inspection. These judgements cover the broad range of a school’s work. Inspectors will judge the overall effectiveness of the school, taking account of the four key judgements outlined in paragraph 5. In addition, inspectors will evaluate how well the school is promoting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the extent to which the education provided by the school meets the needs of all disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs.”

Page 15

The most important role of teaching is to raise pupils’ achievement. Teaching includes the planning and implementation of learning activities across the whole of the school’s curriculum, together with marking, assessment and feedback. Teaching includes activities both within and outside the classroom such as support and intervention strategies. Teaching has an important role in promoting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Page 16

When evaluating the quality of leadership and management at all levels including, where relevant, governors, inspectors will consider whether they:

- provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, enables all pupils to achieve their full educational potential and make progress in their learning, and that promotes their good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

- engage with parents and carers in supporting pupils’ achievement, behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

The PrimaryGrid is perfect for managing the delivery of SMSC

It enables teachers to:

  • Plan lessons or activities and map them against the individual SMSC values they cover
  • Record evidence of SMSC values in ANY teaching activity (including extra-curricular and enrichment activities)
  • Analyse coverage of SMSC values across the whole school and identify omission or duplication in provision
  • Share ideas and best practice with other members of staff, family schools or partner organisations
  • Impress parents, carers and Ofsted inspectors with evidence of thorough SMSC coverage
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