SMSC Education

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

The main aim of Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural education is to provide knowledge and understanding; prepare young people for later life and wider society; and to develop responsible attitudes. It is the key to ‘developing the whole child’.


At Burton End Primary Academy we believe that the development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve. We aim to provide a broad education and a range of experiences that provide children 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 and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

British Values in a diverse community


The fundamental values that we share as British citizens are: a belief in freedom and individual liberty, democracy, mutual tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs, accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting and upholding the rule of law.

Keeping our children safe and ensuring that we prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. Our shared values within the Academy are underpinned by our Policies, our behaviour towards one another and the range of opportunities and experiences we provide.

Children should develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Our PROUD curriculum has been specifically developed to equip our children with the requisite skills and attitudes. The PROUD attributes of professionalism, resilience, optimism, understanding and drive are taught explicitly and are linked to the SWAT Values. 

The SWAT Values of eight core values of responsibility, tolerance, respect, hope, courage, justice and integrity, are taught explicitly through whole school and Key Stage Assemblies. Teachers and support staff embed these values consistently when teaching and working with children.

Our Conditions for Behaviour and Learning Policy includes the following statement of its purpose:

• To ensure an ethos of high expectations
• To provide pupils and staff with a secure well-ordered environment.
• To ensure that clear boundaries support learning and progression.
• To ensure clear dialogue with pupils about potential barriers to learning.
• To secure the involvement of parents/carers in pupils’ learning and personal development.
• To promote the development of a range of personal qualities and interpersonal skills such as courtesy, respect and sensitivity to the needs of others.
• To promote the development of good personal relationships.
• To promote equal opportunities and value individuals regardless of gender, race or disability.


Updated : 11th April 2016

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