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SMSC at Brickhouse


What is SMSC?


SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. Our SMSC leader is Mrs N.Smith.


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


Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.


Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.


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


British Values


Schools are now required to teach children about the fundamental British values. 

Here at Brickhouse, we teach our children British values through our SMSC lessons and curriculum. 


But what are 'British values' - according to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:


  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


What must be taught?


The advice here is basically the same for maintained schools ('state' schools) and independent schools (private schools, academies and free schools):


  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
  • encourage respect for other people, and
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.



Our SMSC Curriculum

At Brickhouse we use the 'Healthy Mind, Happy Me' scheme for SMSC in Sandwell.

Autumn Term: in the Autumn Term we cover;

'All About Me' and 'Friendships.'

Spring Term: in the Spring Term we cover;

'Resilience and Coping' and 'Belonging.'

Summer Term: in the Summer Term we cover;

'Being the Best Me I can be' and 'My Wider World.'


For SMSC we also have a number of themed weeks and cover the curriculum in a number of others ways, these include;

Online safety

Health and safety week

Best of British day

EYFS seaside day

INSPIRE workshops




We also have a number of themed event days:

Children in need

Comic relief


Praise and gold assemblies


Easter parade


Family SMSC

What is the purpose of Family SMSC?

For parents/carers and school to work together to help children achieve their potential and be happy.

The Government asked children and parents what was important to them.

The answer they received was that children and parents/carers wanted five outcomes for children:


  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being

Parent Learning

As we get older we get better at attention skills and concentrating, and better at ignoring distractions. A good concentration or attention span for an adult is 45 minutes. How long can your child concentrate for? Being able to concentrate and pay attention are things we need to learn, and we do this from an early age by playing games and doing jigsaws with adults. As we get older and go to school the attention we receive from adults tend to get shared amongst a number of other children – i.e. 2 adults to 30 children. A good way to help children to improve their concentration and attention skills is through games: for example, I Spy,
Consequences, Simon says, Action rhymes. Games which involve looking at each other and doing actions together help children attention skills.


Should you have any questions-Please see Mrs N.Smith in our early years.