Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and British Values

Woodhey High School recognises that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is of fundamental importance in the ‘whole child’ education. This is visible through our emphasis on SMSC within departmental schemes of work through Respect knowledge, comprehensive PSHE curriculum, CEIAG strategy and regular CPD for staff in areas of SMSC led by Directors of Progress. It supports all areas of learning and is key to a child’s motivation to learn. 


These values are outlined below:

Explore beliefs and experiences; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

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

Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.



Through our Personal Development Curriculum, we aim to provide opportunities that give students a chance to explore and develop their own values, beliefs and spiritual awareness. Students should demonstrate a positive caring attitude towards other people and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures whilst encompassing the British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs. The integrity and spirituality of students from other faith backgrounds will be respected and explored. The diversity of traditions will be recognised, and pupils will be given access to alternative views. Students should learn to differentiate between right and wrong and how their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others. School and classroom rules reflect, reiterate and promote acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate students’ work and achievements.