Claire Lotriet

Put your subject to work on pupils’ SMSC development

Whatever you teach, it’s worth exploring how your subject can help to contribute to children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, says Claire Lotriet

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How does computing support a child’s spiritual development? How does PE contribute to a child’s moral development? These are not questions I’d ever asked myself before becoming a senior leader, but they suddenly seem important to ponder and to pose to the subject leaders I work with.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is important in terms of Ofsted, yes: a school will be judged to have serious weaknesses if there are “weaknesses in the provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development”. When you read through the criteria, though, it seems to be just ...

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