Childwall Sports and Science Academy



What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show a commitment to promoting SMSC.

At Childwall Sports and Science Academy School we teach these qualities across the curriculum and throughout school life. It is linked closely to our school values and ethos. We use the following definitions of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural:

SPIRITUAL - Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform pupils’ perspective on life and their interest in, and respect of, different people’s feelings and values. A sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible. Use of imagination and creativity in their learning and willingness to reflect on their experiences.

MORAL - Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and pupils’ readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives. Understanding of the consequences of their actions. Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.

SOCIAL - Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. Interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

CULTURAL - Understanding and having an appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage. Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities. Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for, cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities


All schools must promote British Values, these are defined by Ofsted as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

At Childwall Sports and Science Academy we believe that our mission statement and core ASPIRE values are at the heart of British Values. Through our curriculum, assembly, form time programme and SMSC and PSHE programme we:

  • Ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
  • Promote the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
  • Ensure our young people understand the importance of respect and leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain.

Our curriculum and ASPIRE values ensure pupils have the opportunity in all subject areas to discus, debate, reflect on and understand key British Values where appropriate. Pupils understand how they can contribute to being a British citizen in a modern British school and society by:

  • Making positive contributions to the school and wider community (Succeed together);
  • Having respect for all and showing responsibility (Respect all)
  • Building self-esteem, self-knowledge and self-confidence (Enjoy learning)
  • Understanding what is a fair and tolerant community (Respect all)
  • Distinguishing right from wrong and respecting the civil and criminal law of England.     (Respect all)
  • Encouraging respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England (Respect all)
  • Understanding that British people always work through difficult situations, no matter how tough, as should students at Childwall (Persevere)
  • Making sure we are accepting of diversity and are a stronger community for this           (Succeed together)
  • Understanding that everyone has their own set of values which they deem important, despite their country or religion. Our values reflect these (Succeed together)
  • Understanding respect is key to positive relationships (Respect all)
  • Being proud, of who and what we are, wherever we are from (Succeed together)
  • Participating within your community (Succeed together)
  • Above all fairness and equality is key to core British Values

Also through our Student council processes and Student voice we;

  • Encourage our students to become young leaders
  • Ensure we accept each other and have our voices heard through Elections and council working.