Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is an important part of life at Haileybury Turnford and is promoted across the entire school and in all features of school life.  Our intention and school vision are to ensure all students have the opportunity to be provided with the best climate and environment for learning so they can achieve the best they can in all aspects of life. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is implicit within the school curriculum and also the school culture and vision for every student.

We fully support the embedding of British Values both within Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development provision and across the whole curriculum.  We plan our curriculum so that it extends beyond the academic to support student’s personal development and prepare students effectively for life in modern Britain.  Our wider school curriculum is planned to enable students’ access to a wide and rich set of experiences and opportunities, enabling all students to develop confidence, resilience, strength of character and encourage all students to become responsible and respectful members of society.   (See Link to our whole school Personal Development Provision Map showing details of additional opportunities providing to support SMSC across the school).

SMSC is given priority across the school supporting our aim to create an inclusive community for all students.  Opportunities to deliver SMSC and British Values to students in addition to the main curriculum can be identified on the link below.  (Link to Personal development Plan 2019-20).  We are committed to developing SMSC and promoting British Values. An identified member of the Senior Leadership Team (Vice Principal) coordinates SMSC and British Values provision.  A subject Lead coordinates Personal Social Development and Religious Studies for all year groups and a Personal Development Coordinator supports with planning whole school Personal Development opportunities and student leadership.  The Personal Development Curriculum is regularly discussed at Senior Leadership Meetings and reported to the Governor’s Committee throughout the year.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC)

Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: recognise right from wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views

Social: use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work

Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in cultural opportunities; understand accept. Respect and celebrate diversity.

Tutor Time Programme 

All students have a daily Tutor time session from 8.35am until 8.55am each morning.  Students follow a programme designed to support Social, Moral, Social and Cultural Development and promoting Fundamental British Values.  Students are also supported during Tutor time in developing literacy and numeracy skills. The Tutor Programme for Y7-11 is as shown below:

Click here for Year 7-11 Tutor Programme

Assembly Programme

A published Theme for the week underpins the assemblies and provides a focus for Tutor time. The main aim of assemblies is to develop and provide the following:

Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural, and Fundamental British Values. All assemblies begin with a student playing a musical instrument.  The values underpinning the school’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy, Haileybury Turnford Habits and our minimum expectations of being Ready, Respectful and Safe.

In addition, the Assembly Programme promotes the school’s commitment in pursuing Ambition, Pride and Success for the entire school community and each individual student.

Assemblies and Tutor sessions are also planned to promote British Values including the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  Assemblies will also be planned to cover special events, relay key messages and deliver key information particularly from Student Leaders.

SMSC Development within the Curriculum

We offer spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities throughout our curriculum in addition to the whole school Personal Development Programme.  Our curriculum enables students to enjoy an extensive range of activities that promote their spiritual, moral, social cultural development.  We believe SMSC education plays a significant part in students’ ability to learn and achieve and therefore aim to provide an education that provides students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards others, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.  This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.  The curriculum audit below gives examples of how individual subject areas plan for SMSC opportunities.

Personal & Social Development and Religious Education

All students at Haileybury Turnford receive Personal & Development and Religious Education.

Religious Education promotes students’ knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values.

Key Stage 3 students study the six main religions; Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism.  Lessons focus on the key features of each religion, including learning about inspirational religious leaders, key sacred texts, rites of passages, key teachings, worship, moral and ethical issues.  In Year 9 students learn about relationships, including attitudes to different types of relationships.  Religious Education lessons also focus on equality, protected characteristics, suffering, peace and conflict.  The Religious Studies curriculum provides important opportunities such as discussions and debates in class, for students to be able to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life.

The Personal & Social Development curriculum is taught during a discrete lesson for all year groups throughout the year.  The topics and lessons are planned to deliver age specific and relevant content and include Relationships and Sex Education.  The Religious Education and Personal & Social Development Curriculum Overviews can be found at the link below:

Click here for Personal & Social Development Curriculum overview

Click here for Religious Education Curriculum overview for KS3

Click here for Religious Education Curriculum overview for KS4

HT Student Leadership

Our students have an important role in making decisions about their school.  Student voice is considered important at HT and there are important leadership roles and opportunities for students in Year 7-13.  Our students have an important role in making decisions about their school.  Student voice is considered important at HT.  Recruitment to every Student Leadership role at HT involves an application and interview process.

Student Leadership Group

Our Student Leadership Group, led by our Head Students, hold regular meetings to discuss key issues.  They also hold student voice sessions with other students who can bring forward key issues to them.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have all received training from the Diana Award in July 2019 and February 2021 and have received support, skills, practical ideas, knowledge and confidence to effectively tackle bullying in the school.  The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are responsible for raising awareness of bullying, leading on campaigns and promoting kindness. They have held a charity event to raise over £150 for School Diversity, led student assemblies, supported Anti-Bullying Week events, established an Anti-Bullying drop-in surgery for students needing support and continue to meet regularly to advise the school on how we can support our Anti-Bullying campaign.

Wellbeing Ambassadors

Our newly appointed Wellbeing Ambassadors will be trained to work closely with our Pastoral Teams to ensure the wellbeing of all students and helping students to understand how to keep healthy and safe.

Nazir Charalombous
Benjamin Eveleigh
Abi Dispirito
Emily Harrison
Daniel Kilcommons
Angela Manthou
Leah Smith
Tanjeena Uddin
Kyla Gordon
Penny Davis
Samuel Featherstone
Sudenaz Gungor
Kayleigh Frederick
Charlotte Weeks
Abigail Goodman
Tia Connell





Tutor Programme Autumn 2021
Autumn Term 1 Assembly Rota 2021-22
How SMSC is promoted within Curriculum Areas