SMSC Provision

The following is a provision statement to summarise our values with regard SMSC




Spiritual development is the development of the non-material element of a human being, which animates and sustains us and, depending on our point of view, either ends or continues in some form when we die. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a pupil’s ‘spirit’. Some people may call it the development of a pupil’s ‘soul’; others as the development of ‘personality’ or ‘character’.

At Riverside School we will ensure that we:

  • give pupils the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect peoples’ lives
  • where pupils already have religious beliefs, support and develop these beliefs in ways which are personal and relevant to them
  • encourage pupils to explore and develop what animates themselves and others
  • encourage pupils to reflect and learn from reflection
  • give pupils the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful
  • develope a climate or ethos within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected
  • accommodate difference and respecting the integrity of individuals
  • promote teaching styles which:

-     value pupils’ questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns

-     enable pupils to make connections between aspects of their learning

-     encourage pupils to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference – for example, asking ‘why?’, ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ as well as ‘what?’

  • monitoring, in simple, pragmatic ways, the success of what is provided.


Moral development is about the building, by pupils, of a framework of moral values, which regulates their personal behaviour. It is also about the development of pupils’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values. It is about understanding that there are issues where there is disagreement and it is also about understanding that society’s values change. Moral development is about gaining an understanding of the range of views and the reasons for the range. It is also about developing an opinion about the different views.

At Riverside School we will ensure that we:

  • provide a clear moral code as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school
  • promote measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria
  • givie pupils opportunities across the curriculum to explore and develop moral concepts and values – for example, personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong
  • develop an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practise moral decision-making
  • reward expressions of moral insights and good behaviour
  • make an issue of breaches of agreed moral codes where they arise – for example, in the press, on television and the internet as well as in school
  • model, through the quality of relationships and interactions, the principles which we wish to promote – for example, fairness, integrity, respect for people, pupils’ welfare, respect for minority interests, resolution of conflict, keeping promises and contracts
  • recognise and respect the codes and morals of the different cultures represented in the school and wider community
  • encourage pupils to take responsibility for their actions; for example, respect for property, care of the environment, and developing codes of behaviour
  • provide models of moral virtue through literature, humanities, sciences, arts, assemblies and acts of worship
  • reinforce the school’s values through images, posters, classroom displays, screensavers, exhibitions
  • monitoring, in simple, pragmatic ways, the success of what is provided.


Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society. It involves growth in knowledge and understanding of society in all its aspects. This includes understanding people as well as understanding society’s institutions, structures and characteristics, economic and political principles and organisations, roles and responsibilities and life as a citizen, parent or worker in a community. It also involves the development of the inter-personal skills necessary for successful relationships.

At Riverside School we will ensure that we:

  • identify key values and principles on which school and community life is based
  • foster a sense of community, with common, inclusive values which ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion can flourish
  • encourage pupils to work co-operatively
  • encourage pupils to recognise and respect social differences and similarities
  • provide positive corporate experiences – for example, through assemblies, team activities, residential experiences, school productions
  • help pupils develop personal qualities which are valued in a civilised society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence, self-respect
  • help pupils to challenge, when necessary and in appropriate ways, the values of a group or wider community
  • help pupils resolve tensions between their own aspirations and those of the group or wider society
  • provide a conceptual and linguistic framework within which to understand and debate social issues
  • provide opportunities for engaging in the democratic process and participating in community life
  • provide opportunities for pupils to exercise leadership and responsibility
  • provide positive and effective links with the world of work and the wider community
  • monitoring, in simple, pragmatic ways, the success of what is provided.


Cultural development is about pupils’ understanding their own culture and other cultures in their town, region and in the country as a whole. It is about understanding cultures represented in Europe and elsewhere in the world. It is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and being able to operate in the emerging world culture of shared experiences provided by television, travel and the internet. It is about understanding that cultures are always changing and coping with change. Promoting pupils’ cultural development is intimately linked with schools’ attempts to value cultural diversity and prevent racism.

At Riverside School we will ensure that we:

  • provide opportunities for pupils to explore their own cultural assumptions and values
  • present authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures
  • address discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria and promoting racial and other forms of equality
  • extend pupils’ knowledge and use of cultural imagery and language
  • recognise and nurture particular gifts and talents
  • provide opportunities for pupils to participate in literature, drama, music, art, crafts and other cultural events and encouraging pupils to reflect on their significance
  • develop partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness, for example, theatre, museum, concert and gallery visits, resident artists, foreign exchanges
  • reinforce the school’s cultural values through displays, posters, exhibitions, etc
  • audit the quality and nature of opportunities for pupils to extend their cultural development across the curriculum
  • monitoring, in simple, pragmatic ways, the success of what is provided.


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