Children and Young People’s Service – Hospital and Outreach Education
Policy for the teaching of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
Statement of Intent
“To provide access to appropriate education for all children and young people with medical needs, keeping education alive in the pupil’s life, maintaining progress and enabling them to achieve their potential.”
The Legal Framework
The statutory requirement that schools should encourage pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC development) was first introduced in the 1988 Education Reform Act.
The Act states that the curriculum for a maintained school must be a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:-
Promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at
the school and of society; and
Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of
The Revised National Curriculum stressed the importance of ensuring SMSC development is explored through other curriculum subjects.
Aims and objectives and the promotion of SMSC development.
The principle HOE aims and objectives are : to promote inclusion; provide a safe learning environment where pupils can build self esteem; set realistic targets; be accountable through monitoring and assessment and ensure pupils are provided with a broad and balanced curriculum, largely embody the fundamental principles of SMSC development. Our task is to make explicit what is implicit in our aims and objectives.
Hospital and Outreach Education recognises its responsibility under the Disability Discrimination Act and ensures that access will be as complete as possible. All reasonable adjustments will be made as necessary to enable access to curriculum opportunities and buildings.
Race Equalities Statement
Hospital and Outreach Education is committed to fulfilling its requirements under the Race relations (Amendment) Act by:
-demonstrating respect for all people
-promoting staff awareness of culture, ethnicity and religion -creating an ethos of cultural diversity
-generating a culture in which everyone can participate in the environment.
Equal Opportunities Statement
All pupils regardless of their special educational needs, physical disabilities, gender, ethnicity or religion will be encouraged to work to their full potential through planned activities and with as wide a variety of media and materials as resources allow.
Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is concerned with the following ideas, beliefs and values.
Spiritual development concerns:
; That which moves people;
; Feelings, experiences, emotion;
; A sense of purpose;
; A sense of awe, wonder and mystery;
; Insights into personal existence which are of enduring worth;
; Valuing a non-material dimension to life;
; The relationship between belief and behaviour;
; A sense of being part of a greater whole;
; A search for meaning and purpose;
; The attribution of meaning to experience.
Moral development concerns:
; Knowledge of the codes and conventions of conduct agreed by society;
; Having the will to behave morally as a point of principle;
; Being able to articulate attitudes and values;
; Recognising the moral dimensions to situations;
; Developing a socially acceptable set of values and principles;
; Recognising that values and attitudes change over time;
; Making judgements on issues by applying moral principles, insights and
; Taking responsibility for ones’ own actions;
; Behaving consistently in accordance with principles;
; Understanding the consequence of actions for self and others;
; Recognising the greater needs, which extend beyond self-interest.
Social development concerns:
; The progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to
play a full part in society;
; Understanding of the institutions, structures and processes of society;
; Understanding of how individuals relate to each other;
; Being able to adjust to a range of social contexts by appropriate and
; Being able to make a personal contribution to the well-being of the group;
; The ability to exercise responsibility and initiative;
; Being able to participate cooperatively and productively in society;
; Knowing how societies function and are organised;
; Understanding how what is learnt in the curriculum relates to life in society;
; Being able to take on the roles of team leader and team worker.
Cultural development concerns:
; Understanding of beliefs, customs, values, knowledge and skills which
form the basis for identity and cohesion in society;
; Recognition of and respect for e rights of others to exercise a cultural
; Knowledge of the nature and roots of cultural traditions;
; The key features of major cultural groups within society;
; Personal response and accomplishment;
; The capacity to relate what is learnt to an appreciation of wider cultural
aspects of society;
; Developing and strengthening the cultural interests of pupils;
; Exposing pupils to a breadth of stimuli in order to allow them to develop
; Extending horizons beyond the immediate to the highest artistic, musical
and literary achievements;
; Understanding the diversity of religious, social, aesthetic, ethnic and
political traditions and practices;
; Being able to evaluate the quality and worth of cultural achievements.
The provision of SMSC development within the HOE teaching bases.
For SMSC development to flourish, the following conditions need to be in place:
1) The ethos of the team needs to be one in which staff understand, value, practise and promote the guiding tenets which form the basis of SMSC development;
Every effort is made to ensure that HOE has an ethos in which SMSC development can flourish. This is achieved through rigorous adherence to the team’s aims of: promoting inclusion; belief in the dignity of the individual;
providing a safe learning environment; and acceptance, understanding and tolerance of others’.
2) Pastoral support should create a structure through which care and concern for the pupils can be given.
Young people are referred to HOE because they have medical conditions ranging from acute and chronic illness to mental health issues. They can be very vulnerable. HOE prides itself on the high quality of the pastoral care provided: pupils’ abilities, views and feelings are of paramount concern when planning and teaching the curriculum on offer. Staff are available to provide guidance and support to pupils and their families. Both formal and informal reporting structures are in place to enable pupils, their carers and staff to raise concerns and express views. Staff receive appropriate training and supervision aimed at increasing their understanding of and ability to deal with the medical, social and personal issues which can cause anxiety to our pupils.
3) The curriculum must be planned so as to ensure the disparate elements of SMSC development can be explored.
To meet this requirement each subject leader is charged with producing a policy statement. This will specify the way in which the individual subject will contribute to SMSC development.
To ensure that such statements are put into practice, each subject leader, when selecting the topics to be taught, will explicitly link the topic areas to specific descriptors for SMSC development and identify how the topics will make a positive contribution to developing the stated descriptors. Additionally, opportunities identified as suitable for promoting SMSC development will be recorded in the half termly planning grids, lesson plans and lesson evaluations. This task will be specified as an item on the HOE Improvement Plan