What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their students develop in SMSC.

As part of a section 5 inspection, OFSTED inspectors must consider pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development when forming a judgement of a school. They deem an outstanding school to be one where, the school’s thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their physical well-being enables pupils to thrive.

As a resource, we provide the opportunity for thoughtful and meaningful reflection on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural themes within the safe space of a familiar classroom setting.

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Consider own beliefs and experiences and respect the faiths, feelings and values of others; enjoy learning about yourself and others around you and in the world at large: use creativity, imagination and reflection.

Above all else our aim is to reinforce the truth that every young person is special, unique and part of an amazing world. We hope that Luminous helps to develop a sense of identity, self worth and personal values.


Understand right and wrong; respect the law and rules; understand consequences of behaviour; discuss moral and ethical issues; listen to others viewpoints and offer own.

Luminous provides a moral framework where young people are invited to discuss and explore. We encourage discussion of right and wrong and all the grey in between! All editions are built on the foundation of the golden rule - that we should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. Our aim is that we help young people to think about the mark they are leaving in this world.


Apply a range of social skills; participate in different communities and cooperate well with others; resolve conflict; engage with British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.

Luminous allows young people to reflect on their own thoughts and behaviour in different situations. We promote discussions about how best to relate to others in a positive and worthwhile way. Luminous encourages emotional intelligence by providing a platform where young people can articulate their feelings and opinions on various relevant topics.


Understand and appreciate a wide range of cultures and cultural influences; participate in cultural opportunities; respect and celebrate diversity, locally and globally.

Through the use of media we often try to highlight other cultures and traditions. Our aim is to promote a breadth of understanding and encourage experiences of culture - for example, we highlight different cultural traditions and share stories of good works from around the world.

We want to help support a positive school culture of:

  • Exploring the ideas of others and activating or re-capturing their own imaginations.
  • Recognising that all people (including themselves) have: a divine spark, are valuable and have a story to tell.
  • Being open to the state of wonder where we are emotionally, intellectually and spiritually engaged and where we can better explore the world and our place in it.

We want to support student and staff wellbeing by facilitating a regular enjoyable break in the busy school day, enabling a group or class to stop, think, talk, share and reflect.

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