SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Values

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This collection of websites will help you find out more information about SMSC and its place in primary school education. If you know of any websites relating to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development - and you think we should include them in this section, please contact us.

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1 National Curriculum Guidance on SMSC
All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote pupils' spiritual, moral , social and cultural development. Explicit opportunities to promote pupils' development in these areas are provided in religious education and the non-statutory framework for personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship at key stages 1 and 2. A significant contribution is also made by school ethos, effective relationships throughout the school, collective worship, and other curriculum activities.
2 SMSC Online
SMSC Online is a comprehensive support website for the integration of spiritual, moral, social and cultural values across all aspects of school life.
3 The Stapleford Centre
Our mission at The Stapleford Centre has always been to provide innovative, relevant and expert teaching and learning resources for schools. Over the years, our resources have been produced by leading professionals in the educational field, and the duration and popularity of these materials are testament to their quality.
4 Damaris Trust Resources for RE/RS/RME, Citizenship and PSHE
Damaris is an educational charity with a Christian foundation - but working with people of all faiths and none.
We are committed to rigorous study and effective communication as we seek to relate biblical Christian faith and contemporary popular culture. Damaris operates in three departments... Church, Schools and Media.
5 Love for Life Resources for SRE and INSET training
here is a tremendous pressure on young people today to become involved in underage sex and other risk taking behaviours (smoking, underage drinking and drug use).
Our vision at Love for Life is to influence change within society so that young people have a healthy respect for themselves, relationships and sex.
Our core areas of activity are programme delivery, community impact and strategic influence, which work together to support the CATALYST vision of bringing about community change so that it is easier for children and underage young people to be alcohol, drug and sex free.
6 RE and SMSC Resources at PrimaryIdeas
'Teaching Ideas' is mainly intended for teachers who teach primary-age children (i.e. ages 5 to 11). Although it has been designed with UK teachers in mind, all ideas can of course be used by teachers around the world.

The ideas, activities and worksheets are organised according to a number of subjects (those covered in the English National Curriculum). The "Early Years" section contains ideas for use with children aged 5 or below, and the "Foreign Languages" area has resources for those teachers who wish to teach a different language to their children.
7 RE and SMSC Materials at PrimaryResources
Over twelve years after it first launched, Primary Resources continues to be a free forum for sharing teaching ideas and resources. The site is used by thousands of teachers worldwide and it's thanks to the contributions by hundreds of those teachers that the main site now features over 2GB of free-to-download material.
8 Oftsed SMSC Guidance
This guidance is a revised edition of a booklet which was originally published in
November 2001 as part of a training course in the inspection of pupils’ spiritual,
moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. In September 2003, Ofsted made a
version of this training course available to schools. Ofsted has received many
requests for the guidance it contains to be made more widely available.
9 Non-Statutory Guidance for Independent Schools
Improving the
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development of Pupils
Non-Statutory Guidance for Independent Schools

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