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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At St Aloysius we place great importance on the development of SMSC. Our vision and values are embedded throughout our school and SMSC is threaded throughout our curriculum but specifically in PHSE, RE and our wider curriculum.


  • We deliver a Catholic curriculum in RE and encourage our children to live out our school’s mission statement, ‘Together with Jesus, we love, learn and believe.’
  • We want our children to be reflective about their own beliefs, which inform their views on life and to show respect for other cultures, faiths and values.
  • We encourage our children to have a sense of enjoyment in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. We support our children to aspire to be the best person that they can be.
  • We want our children to be able to use their imagination and creativity in their learning and be willing to reflect on their experiences.


  • Our children will learn to recognise the difference between right and wrong and apply this understanding in their own lives, both now and in their future. They will be able to recognise boundaries and, in so doing, respect rules within school, the local community and beyond.
  • The children are consistently supported in school to understand the consequences of their behaviour and actions through the use of our whole school behaviour system.
  • We encourage the children to be interested in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, so that they are able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues, as well as share their own opinions.


  • We want our children to be able to use a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds whilst showing respect.
  • Our children are encouraged to participate in a variety of community and social settings, including visiting people in the local care home, fundraising for charities, donating items to the local foodbank and litter picking.
  • Our vision and values support our children to understand and accept the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Our school strives to ensure that the children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


  • Our curriculum enables our children to gain an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others, for example, through our annual celebration of Black History Month and visiting different places of worship.
  • They understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • We encourage our children to recognise and value the things that we have in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities.
  • Britain’s democratic heritage is embedded in our school culture and reference is made to this as appropriate, focusing on our rights and responsibilities as citizens within our community.
  • Our school culture provides a whole range of different opportunities for all children and they show willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • We encourage our children to explore and improve their understanding of different faiths and cultures. We accept and respect diversity and recognise that everyone is unique.
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