Personal Development, including SMSC and British Values

Maintained schools have obligations as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural, development of pupils . As part of SMSC, schools are expected to actively promote fundamental British values.

To support schools, the School Improvement Service have developed a toolkit to help schools evaluate their current provision around SMSC and ensure that they plan a curriculum that effectively covers all aspects.

For further support and advice contact Rebecca Swift, Equalities Adviser (

For further resources to support schools and details of  training offered in these areas see

Useful Downloads

North Yorkshire Guidance:

British Values and SMSC Self-Evaluation

At a Glance Guidance for Schools: SMCS Development

Big Picture- the Vision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

SMSC Learning Walk

National Guidance:

DfE: Promoting Fundamental British Values as Part of SMSC in Schools

DfE: Improving the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development of Pupils