SMSC Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development

New spiritual development guidance

The SIAMS Schedule asks inspectors to explore the following question:

How well the school’s staff and leaders apply their Christian vision to ensure curriculum and extra– curricular opportunities meet the academic and spiritual needs of all learners?

The vision for education strapline ‘Life in all its fullness’ means giving emphasis to physical and intellectual development, whilst also meeting the needs for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

For excellent resources download our diocesan booklet SMSC Development: a Christian perspective

SMSC Resources


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Nurturing the health and wellbeing of pupils and adults is essential for human flourishing. The Church of England publication Mental Health and Wellbeing guidance sets out strategies to support schools.

Download the full document:

A further excellent document for supporting wellbeing is the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families booklet


Spiritual Development

Opportunities for spiritual development throughout the school day are crucial to to nurturing the whole child. Spirituality is an innate human capacity. Spiritual development is not about becoming more spiritual (in a measurable or expansive sense). It is about realising or becoming more and more aware of one’s natural, innate spirituality.

Key questions for schools to consider are:

  • How does the school’s Christian vision provide opportunities to meet the spiritual needs of learners?
  • How does an awareness of spirituality permeate school life?
  • What is the impact of this for the learner (and staff and the wider community)?
  • How are staff inducted and supported so that they have a shared understanding of spirituality and spiritual development?

There are many models for spiritual development and the following documents are recommended to support this provision: