Information about and Aims of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development at Newman School

At Newman School, all aspects of social, moral, spiritual and cultural education are seen as part of a whole school approach to the development of our pupils.  We aim to ensure that good SMSC is  evident across all lessons, across our school environment and in the extra activities that make up our school day. We also know that good SMSC includes a commitment to recognising and celebrating our place in the global community and in turn ensures that we model and live by the values of democracy, respect, tolerance and liberty as well as knowing our rights and responsibilities. By placing such emphasis on all of these themes, we are contributing to the PREVENT agenda and building well rounded, confident, compassionate young people.

We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • their own values and beliefs,
  • spiritual awareness,
  • high standards of personal behaviour,
  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people,
  • an understanding of their social and cultural traditions
  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

Here are some examples of how we contribute to the development of SMSC  at Newman School. You will see our work in our displays, the way we treat each other, our planning and lesson delivery and in our whole school activities.



We help our pupils to…

  • be reflective about their own beliefs and experiences
  • Show respect   toward different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • experience a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use their imagination and creativity in their learning

We help our pupils to…

  • recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • apply this understanding to their own lives
  • reflect on consequences of behaviour
  • offer their own views and listen to those of others

We help our pupils to…

  • use a range of social skills in different contexts
  • participate in a variety of communities and social settings
  • develop and demonstrate social skills

We help our pupils to

  • understand and appreciate a wide range of cultural influences
  • understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within school and further afield
  • know about British culture of democracy and inclusion
  • participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
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