Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum Statement (SMSC)

At Newby we believe that our whole-school vision, ethos and aims reflect our intention to incorporate SMSC values into the very fabric of our school and daily life.

Our Vision for children at Newby Primary School:
To help each child to find and develop their whole potential in order to become fulfilled and responsible members of society in every aspect of their lives.
Our Ethos:
We work in partnership with the school’s stakeholders to promote good relationships and a sense of belonging to the school community whilst regarding all pupils as individuals and respecting their rights, values and beliefs.
The Aims of the School:
We aim to provide a high standard of education for all our children and to ensure that each child is extended to reach his or her potential.
At Newby, children enjoy the richness of their learning. Not only will pupils learn different things, but they will learn in many different ways: out-of-doors, through play, in small groups, through art, music and sport, from each other, from adults other than teachers, before school, after school, with their parents and grandparents, formally and informally, and by listening, watching and doing. Newby is characterised by high standards in oracy, literacy and numeracy; a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and a happy, safe and supportive atmosphere. These are all underpinned by a strong commitment to helping all children succeed whatever their background or abilities. We promote strong relationships with parents and the community.

By offering every child, whatever their own individual characteristics, the chance to achieve their full potential, we will achieve high standards for all, providing foundations for futurSMSCe learning, and for success in life.


What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experiences; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect meaningfully on their own actions and the actions of others.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


What are ‘British values’?

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty and mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and belief

Click here to view Newby Primary definitions.

Teaching British values enables Newby students to:

  • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • show respect for other people
  • respect democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England

What does SMSC look like at Newby Primary School?

At Newby, we are committed to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children. We aim to prepare them to take a full role in society as confident individuals and good citizens.

This is modelled at all levels of the school community through mutual respect and an appreciation of diversity. Relevant issues are explored through the curriculum, both in planned ways and through incidental opportunities. The principles of SMSC run through all aspects of school life, including casual interactions, and through many areas of policy and practice, including the management of behaviour, promotion of equalities, and having a wide-ranging and exciting curriculum which inspires children to find out more about the world in all its variety. Teaching methodologies that give value to peer discussion and collaborative working practices encapsulate in daily planning the skills that pupils will need to be successful and productive in the wider society.

We want children to:

  • Be respectful and reflective about their own beliefs, and those of others locally, nationally and globally;
  • Be fascinated by diversity;
  • Be imaginative and creative;
  • Recognise right and wrong, understand the consequences of their actions, and respect the law;
  • Be able to discuss ethical and moral issues in a reasoned manner;
  • Use social skills in a range of situations;
  • Want to help others in the immediate and wider communities;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of others (sometimes referred to as ‘British Values’);
  • Appreciate that there are many cultures, all of which are shaped by others and which continuously develop and interlink in modern Britain;
  • Have a basic understanding of the parliamentary system of government;
  • Have opportunities to experience and take part in a wide range of cultural activities, such as sport, drama, art, dance and music.

The way in which this policy statement is put into practice are expected to change constantly and to develop. Current and recent examples are given in the supplementary table attached as an appendix. This table will be updated regularly to demonstrate the ongoing nature of SMSC at Newby.

Charity Work

At Newby, we want to be good British citizens. We believe that part of being a good citizen means helping other people. Our aim is to help people locally, nationally and globally. This year we have been involved in a number of charity projects so that we can achieve our aim of being good citizens. This is some of the work we have done and some that we plan to do.

  • We collected clothing and food to support the Syrian Crisis. We raised a fantastic £395.50
  • We took part in Children in need and dressed as superheroes for the day. We raised £618.16.

Last year:

  • At Christmas we raised money to buy selection boxes for all the children who would be in Bradford Royal Infirmary on Christmas Day.
  • We supported the British Heart Foundation by wearing red for the day. We raised £519.
  • The profits from the Stationery shop that the pupils run go equally to The Red Cross and Islamic Relief.

This year we are also planning to:

  • Raise money for Sports Relief.
  • Let the School Council vote on proposal from the children for an additional charity event to support.

We have:

  • On the 8 January, we had a non-uniform day to raise funds for the local school affected by the floods. We have collected £438.89.