Birchfield Primary School

Birchfield Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 7HU


SMSC at Birchfield

We put SMSC ‘at the heart’ of our school development and have therefore incorporated this into our Birchfield F.A.M.I.L.Y values. They require our children to think about the kind of people they aspire to be.

Additionally, staff plan SMSC learning opportunities each half term to encourage children to think about the kind of world we aspire to create whilst understanding the beliefs and thoughts or others.

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.


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


Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


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


Look on the individual subject pages to see how we incorporate SMSC into them.