SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. Detailed below are the Ofsted definitions for each word:

  • Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings, and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; and reflect.
  • Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; and offer reasoned views.
  • Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer, and cooperate; resolve conflict; and 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; and understand, accept, respect, and celebrate diversity.