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At Hetton School we aim to provide positive experiences for all pupils by promoting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through planned and coherent opportunities in the curriculum and through interactions with teachers and other adults.

We aim to enrich, extend and broaden their attitudes and beliefs not only within the school environment but also for their future lives.


To enable students to develop their personal qualities and become:

All staff, including Support Staff and Governors, has a responsibility to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values. Awareness and understanding is promoted through displays around the school, the school aims, highlighted aspects of the curriculum, positive relationships between pupils, staff and community, assemblies, extra-curricular activities, cross-curricular activities, Hetton Honours, choice of visits, visitors and field trips.  In the classroom SMSC development & British Values can be promoted through activities such as reflection, use of ICT, direct teaching about spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and British Values.



Spiritual development is the development of the non-material element of a human being which animates and sustains us and, depending on our point of view, either ends or continues in some form when we die. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a pupil’s 

‘spirit’. Some people may call it the development of a pupil’s ‘soul’; others as the development of ‘personality’ or ‘character’.

There are many aspects of spiritual development


A sense of awe, wonder and mystery

Feelings of transcendence

The search for meaning and purpose




Feelings and emotions

At Hetton School we aim to encourage Spiritual Development through:



Moral development is about the building, by pupils, of a framework of moral values which regulates their personal behaviour. At Hetton School, a cornerstone of our moral development is the notion of RESPECT. It is also about the development of pupils’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values. It is about understanding that there are issues where there is disagreement and it is also about understanding that society’s values change. Moral development is about gaining an understanding of the range of views and the reasons for the range. It is also about developing an opinion about the different views.

Steps towards moral development include

At Hetton School we aim to encourage moral development through:



Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the working together. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multicultural society. It involves growth in knowledge and understanding of society, society’s institutions, structures and characteristics, economic and political principles and organisations, roles and responsibilities and life as a citizen, parent or worker in a community. It also involves the development of the interpersonal skills necessary for successful relationships.

Steps towards social development include

At Hetton School we aim to encourage social development through:



Cultural development is about pupils’ understanding their own culture and other cultures in their town, region and in the country as a whole. It is about understanding cultures represented in Europe and elsewhere in the world. It is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and being able to operate in the emerging world culture of shared experiences provided by the television, travel and the internet. It is about understanding that cultures are always changing and coping with change. Promoting pupils’ cultural development is intimately linked with schools’ attempts to value cultural diversity and prevent racism.

Steps towards cultural development include:

At Hetton School we aim to encourage cultural development through:

British Values


All have a duty to ‘actively promote’ the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

Steps towards upholding British Values can include:

At Hetton School we aim to encourage understanding of our British Values through:

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