SMSC within The Milton Keynes Academy

Our Vision

We are an inclusive school where we encourage students to achieve personal, academic and vocational skills. SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our vision at The Milton Keynes Academy would be to deliver SMSC to an outstanding standard. The school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.

What is SMSC?

Category Description
SpiritualSense of self, unique potential, understanding strengths and weaknesses, curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, fundamental questions. Students foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing.
MoralRight and wrong, moral conflicts, a concern for others, will to do what is right, reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. Students develop responsible moral decisions.
SocialThe responsibilities, rights of being members of families and communities(local, national and global), ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good, belonging and participate active contribution to the democratic process, communities.
CulturalCultural traditions, respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in difference, understand, appreciate and contribute to culture, including the arts.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The Milton Keynes Academy is a school which is committed to developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of students and adults. We have a dedicated policy on this important aspect of the school’s work and all subject areas contribute towards this curriculum. In brief, Spiritual development is the development of the self, our ability to appreciate the world, nurturing our creativity and giving us an appreciation of what animates and sustains us. It is about a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. Moral development is about the building of a framework of moral values which regulate behaviour. It is also about gaining an understanding of a range of views and the reasons for this range and developing respectful but well-reasoned opinions about different views. Social development is about students working effectively with each other and adults and participating successfully in a multi-racial, multi-faith and multicultural society. Cultural development is about students understanding their own culture and other cultures and contributing positively to living in a multi-racial, modern, democratic society.


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