Striving for excellence through an academic and personal development framework for SMSC.

How do I utilise the SMSC Quality Mark?

Young Citizens has worked with experts in the field to create a self-review tool and verification service to help your school implement your vision and improve your delivery of pupils’ SMSC Development. This tool helps to determine if you are educating your children to be the best versions of themselves.

Through assessing existing SMSC delivery using the SMSC Quality Mark accreditation system, we have the opportunity to reflect and use that wisdom to nurture future plans. These 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.

Visit the National SMSC Quality Mark website to learn more about the assessment or start it today for only £90+VAT.

Visit the National SMSC Quality Mark website

In addition to the self-review tool, there is a verification process schools can participate in to further their evaluation. The verifier’s role is primarily one of affirmation, to support the school’s own reflections. The verification visit provides an independent, expert triangulation of the self-review and ensures that the school's self-review is in line with national guidance and with other schools across the country. Schools will also be presented with a certificate and entitled to use the logo on their website, documentation and other materials.

To enquire about the SMSC self review criteria get in touch with Victoria Quijada.

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
  • connect young people with their communities
  • create opportunities for pupils to learn and practise human virtues
  • instil values such as compassion, hope, faith and forgiveness
  • develop values that challenge individuals beyond the material world.

The impact of SMSC Quality Mark:

Within the first two years, more than 800 schools have downloaded the self review tool. This includes primary and secondary schools, as well as numerous special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs).

140,000 pupils attend schools that have participated in the SMSC Quality Mark assessment tool.

This programme supports our strategic goal of working with intermediaries by up-skilling teachers. This makes a difference in the education pupils receive - especially in regards to SMSC.

Infographic showing our partner schools (accurate as of January 2020.)

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