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It is a requirement that pupils must be effectively prepared “for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society.” This involves the active promotion of “the fundamental British values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

St. Paul’s School addresses this requirement in a wide variety of ways:

  1. Democracy

  • Elections for School Council
  • Votes for enrichment activities and end of year trips
  • Speaking and listening – debating issues fairly
  • Topical discussions regarding UK and world affairs including elections, referenda etc.
  • Curriculum subjects
  • Assembly topics
  1. Rule of law
  • Understanding right from wrong
  • A School Code of Conduct, originally devised by pupils, which is reinforced regularly
  • Class Charters/Rules, again devised and agreed by pupils
  • Reward systems which promote the correct attitudes and behaviour (stickers, post cards, pupil points)
  • Clearly defined sanctions for inappropriate behaviour
  • Visits from members of external agencies (police, fire etc.)
  • Educational visits to various establishments such as the central library, Birmingham law courts.
  1. Individual liberty
  • Encouragement of taking responsibility, as much as is possible, for their own learning
  • Making choices but understanding the importance of considering options carefully
  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, e.g. through e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons
  • Freedom of speech is encouraged through pupil participation in discussions
  • The importance of Child Safety and Anti-Bullying are rigorously emphasized
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities from which to choose, is on offer
  1. Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
  • Learning to share, take turns and listen respectfully to others
  • Respect for individual differences is actively promoted
  • Through the PSME curriculum pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations
  • Celebration and/or commemoration of significant events during the year e.g. Eid, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Remembrance
  • Celebrating the successes of others when awards and prizes are given
  • Enjoying the performances of others
  • Showing sportsmanship when taking part in games lessons and matches


St Paul’s School has a strong commitment to the personal and social development of all pupils.  The school vision and values, put together by all the staff and pupils, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all pupils. 

What is SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development?

Here is a summary to explain SMSC – in the context of St Paul’s School

Spiritual development is when we:

  • Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral development is when we:

  • Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social development is when we:

  • 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 development is when we:

  • Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

In our school pupil’s SMSC development is seen for example in:

  • Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills
  • Developing an awareness and respect for diversity
  • Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
  • Developing the communication skills to make choices about likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.
  • Taking part in sporting opportunities.
  • Taking part in cultural opportunities.
  • Taking part in artistic opportunities.

SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Paul’s.  This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC is considered in all subject areas.

Beyond the Curriculum

We are also committed as a school to developing SMSC beyond the curriculum. This is done through:

  • Assemblies give pupils an opportunity to explore aspects of SMSC
  • The extracurricular activities also enable our pupils to further explore and develop pupil’s SMSC awareness and understanding
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