National SMSC Quality Mark Striving for excellence through an academic and personal development framework for SMSC. Through assessing existing SMSC delivery we have the opportunity to nurture reflective wisdom that will enable our children to make wise and appropriate choices in the complex and changing circumstances that they are likely to encounter in modern society. What is SMSC? Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. Why is SMSC important? SMSC development is a key factor in supporting young people’s academic progress. It doesn’t happen in isolation – it saturates through the school and is linked to everything the school does, its ethos and attitude. It needs to be supported and articulated by school leaders and governors, and should be visible in all day-to-day decisions and relationships. How does SMSC benefit the school? All areas of the curriculum contribute to SMSC development. Some of this will occur as a result of informal, opportunistic or accidental occurrences. But it cannot be left to chance. It needs to be the foundation of well-planned learning, supported by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of staff, enabling children and the adults who work with them, to flourish. When addressed properly, SMSC development has the potential to: raise aspirations develop empathy deepen spirituality connects young people with their communities creates opportunities for pupils to learn and practise human virtues instils values such as compassion, hope, faith and forgiveness develops values that challenge individuals beyond the material world. Learn more about the SMSC Quality Mark tool and benchmark your schools performance for only £75+VAT. You might also like to look at our comprehensive SMSC offer for primary and middle schools: Go-Givers.