Promoting British Values through High Quality Teaching of SMSC

Children have a right to be happy, succeed and achieve and be healthy. We have a duty to make this happen. At Damers First School, we value the importance of teaching SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development) as part of our well balanced curriculum.   To see how this links to our school values, click on our butterfly below.

Spiritual development is the act of bringing meaning to life.
Moral development is the act of taking action to be a good citizen.
Social development is the act of being able to interact successfully in society.
Cultural development is the act of feeling like you belong in society.

Spiritual Development

We promote spirituality which enables our children to:

  • Explore their values and beliefs
  • Reflect and learn from their thoughts
  • Know what makes them and others happy
  • Grow in a spiritually conducive ethos and climate
  • Ask questions about life
  • Make connections
This means as outstanding spiritual learners they are able to:

  • Respect themselves and others
  • Hold a set of values, beliefs and principles
  • Show empathy towards others
  • Reflect on their lives
  • Be creative thinkers
  • Show resilience, persistence and courage
  • Relish and enjoy challenge
  • Appreciate the mysterious elements in life


Moral Development

We promote moral development through:

  • Developing a strong moral code
  • Respecting all cultures
  • Allowing freedom of expression
  • Outstanding staff role models
  • All curriculum areas
  • Rewarding good moral development
  • Having clear and robust policies and procedures
This means as outstanding moral learners our children:

  • Know right from wrong
  • Reflect on consequences
  • Confidently express their views
  • Make rational judgements
  • Respect others
  • Relish the opportunity to explore other cultures
  • Are willing to review and alter their views and opinions


Social Development

We promote social development by:

  • Embedding key values and principles
  • Developing a shared sense of community
  • Working as a team and collaborating
  • Actively supporting personal skills and conflict resolution
  • Understanding and engaging in democratic processes
  • Establishing links with the local community
This means as outstanding social learners our children are able to:

  • Present with appropriate behaviour
  • Relate well to others
  • Co-operate and work well as a team
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Make a contribution to society
  • Sensitively challenge opinions of others
  • Exercise their responsibilities


Cultural Development

We promote cultural development by:

  • Exploring a range of cultures and beliefs through authentic experiences
  • Adopting a zero tolerance policy to discrimination
  • Everyday aspects of school life
  • Developing a range of community links
  • Providing rich experiences
This means as outstanding cultural learners our children are able to:

  • Understand their own culture and beliefs
  • Respect and appreciate the cultures of others
  • Learn from other cultures
  • Enjoy cultural experiences
  • Open to new ideas and beliefs