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Growing Brighter Futures

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SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. It is an area of the curriculum that focuses on the non-academic development of students, such as understanding and appreciation of different cultures or dealing with moral conundrums.


The four elements of SMSC are outlined below:


  • Spiritual:  Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
  • Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

At the heart of Clapham Manor’s core purpose is a constant drive to ensure that all children, regardless of their background or starting point develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural well-being in order to be ‘world ready’.  Children at Clapham Manor are immersed in rich, varied and memorable experiences to enhance these aspects of their lives and all adults work with the same aim in mind – providing an environment that will ‘grow brighter futures’.


We develop our children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural selves through a variety of subjects and opportunities across the school. In addition to their weekly RE lessons all children have a weekly lesson with an SMSC focus; over the course of the year this encompasses five elements: Health, Relationships, Respect for All, Living in the Wider World and Sex Education.  We now have a a bespoke and progressive curriculum that covers a range of topics to equip children to be successful in their future working and personal lives.


In addition to  the discreet subjects that we teach at Clapham Manor we provide a number of other enrichment opportunities within school life that provide valuable social experiences which we call 'Cultural Capital'. This enhanced offer of celebratory events, trips, visitors and wider learning opportunities is intended to ensure our children develop the social skills and understanding necessary to be ‘world ready’ and equipped for the next stage of their education.

For further information about teaching of this subject please download our curriculum map and core purpose statement.