What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

At Jessie Younghusband School, we believe that the personal development of pupils – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – is fundamental in enabling them to learn and achieve to their very best.


Our school values of

Aspire ~ Respect ~ Enjoy

are at the heart of all that we do at JYS. We promote high standards of personal behaviour and a positive, caring attitude towards other people. We encourage pupils to explore their own values and beliefs and to develop their spiritual awareness. Learning opportunities help pupils to deepen their understanding of their social and cultural traditions and to develop their appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures.


As well as being a fundamental part of our school values and ethos, SMSC, including British Values, is promoted through the curriculum, equipping our pupils with the skills to become valued members of society who understand how to treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.


Please click below to see further details of how the different strands of SMSC are promoted through learning and teaching at JYS.


The definitions of the different strands are based on those given in the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook - August 2016.