Yenton Primary School, Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham

Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 0ED
Tel: 0121 464 6588


SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

  • 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 - Investigate and moral issues; 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.

Social Development

At Yenton Primary we recognise that out pupils are becoming socially aware and our pupils are presenting the following skills:

  • Adjust to a of social contexts by presenting appropriate and sensitive behaviours.
  • Working successfully as team members.
  • Resolving conflicts maturely and appropriately.
  • Reflecting on contribution to society.
  • Being welcoming to visitors to our school.
  • Exercise responsibility.
  • Showing good citizenship when out on educational visits.
  • Understanding how different societies function.
  • Building relationships with a range of different societies, eg. schools in other parts of the country.

Moral Development

Our children are morally aware and this has allowed them to access a wide range of skills, including the following:

  • Distinguish from right and wrong.
  • Support each other in a range of contexts.
  • Respecting moral codes of the school, and each other’s backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to make responsible and reasoned decisions.
  • Ensure commitment to personal values.
  • Understanding the need to review, assess and reassess values, codes and principles in light of experiences.

Spiritual Development

Children are given the opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of spiritual experiences. Examples include:

  • Curiosity and Mystery.
  • Awe and wonder.
  • Connection and belonging.
  • Heightened self awareness.
  • Collective worship.
  • Deep feelings of what it means to be important.
  • A sense of security, well being, worth and purposefulness.
  • Respect for each other.

Cultural Development

At Yenton Primary we are extremely proud of wide cultural diversity amongst pupils and staff. We represent and respect the diversity within our school and modern Britain. We celebrate this through:

  • Celebrating special events and festivals and developing knowledge of how they are celebrated around the world.
  • Recognising and nurturing talents through arts, drama, performance and crafts.
  • Pupils take pride in sharing their experiences from their cultures and backgrounds.
  • Visiting places of worship.
  • Extending cultural development across the curriculum.

Activity Examples for Each Term

British Values

At Yenton Primary we recognise multi cultural, multi faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school play to promote these values.


Children are involved in democratic processes, e.g. selecting their class council to represent their views in School council. Voting and deciding on their class star of the week. We include pupil voice throughout our curriculum. We have a very successful feedback to learning policy where children take ownership of moving their learning on.

Individual Liberty

Within school children are encouraged to make choices in safe and supportive environment.

Mutual Respect

We promote buddy systems. Learning themes such as, ‘ourselves’ promote respecting each other and all those around the school. PSHCE/PATHs themes and assemblies further promote the value of mutual respect. Supporting those less fortunate then us, we take part in holding fundraising days to support charities.

The Rule of Law

We have a link community police officer, who offers workshops for children. We also have close links to the local fire services. We have a tight behaviour policy which is followed and understood by all stake holders. Special assemblies focused around aspects of British Law.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Our Birmingham agreed RE curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, beliefs and cultures.

  • Boundries are set to ensure children make choices safely. The aims ethos and vision statement is embedded in all we do in school.
  • With the majority of our children who have EAL, we provide a resources and personalised learning to integrate them in to our school and society.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Provision for SMSC is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. This is achieved by:

  • Curriculum Coordinators identify aspects within their subjects to be included in teacher planning. Coordinators monitor teacher plans and their evaluations and assessments.
  • Coordinators monitor resource provision, identifying shortfalls.
  • The Head Teacher has an oversight of the provision of SMSC.

At Yenton Primary School the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is considered to be ‘a whole school issue’. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is promoted not only through all the subjects of the curriculum, but also through the ethos of the school and through the development of positive attitudes and values and planned time for reflection. SMSC supports, expresses and reinforces the aims of Yenton Primary School, valuing all children and staff equally, and as individuals.