Supporting SMSC Development in Schools

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students is at the heart of school life. It connects to school culture and ethos  and it is inspected by Ofsted.

Leading SMSC Development Across A School – CPD 

Our  course, “Leading Outstanding SMSC Development: from class to whole school” is for senior school leaders to support them to develop strategies for incorporating SMSC into their school curriculum,  culture and ethos. This training equips  leaders with the tools needed to train their own staff in SMSC development.

The quality of a school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is central to its ethos. Its importance is emphasised in the Ofsted framework, particularly in relation to leadership, management and overall effectiveness of the school. The course is fully updated to cover November 2019 Ofsted changes.

This course, led by experienced teacher-advisors, balances input with reflection and interactivity and guides participants in developing and meeting requirements for SMSC and British values in their own school context. The course combines reflection on existing practice in school and identifying next steps.

Our next courses are

Leading SMSC in Secondary Schools – July 8th 9-11am

Leading SMSC in Primary Schools – July 8th 1-3pm

 

Cost £35 per delegate (Free to facilitators and schools taking part in Schools Linking)

Please scroll down to book using the form below or email us directly on info@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk

 

Teachers at a training session Photo by Tim Smith.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Have a clear understanding of what SMSC development and British values look like in a school
  • Be aware of Ofsted inspection and DfE expectations in this area
  • Be equipped with the knowledge needed to create and implement a whole school strategy for SMSC and British values
  • Take home a number of resources which exemplify SMSC and British values development and approaches that protect from radicalisation in all its forms, as well as audit tools and a PowerPoint for a staff meeting to disseminate the learning, available exclusively to course delegates
  • Understand how to evidence and evaluate the impact of SMSC

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  • Leading SMSC in Primary Schools - July 8th 1-3pm Cost £35 per delegate (Free to schools taking part in Schools Linking)
  • Leading SMSC in Secondary Schools - July 8th 9-11am Cost £35 per delegate (Free to schools taking part in Schools Linking)
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Feedback on our Leading SMSC courses:

This is one of the best courses that I have attended in a long time! The resources are most valuable and the presentation was excellent! Time flew! Headteacher, Secondary School, London

Thanks to the content of this course staff will have a greater understanding of what SMSC looks like, and have practical ideas to support it in lessons.   Sue Hobson, Feversham Primary, Bradford

You have given me lots of ideas and re-energised me to lead the school forward on this area.  Dan Burns, Headteacher, Oxenhope Primary School, Keighley

A really good day. Broad range of activities. Current and up-to-date information and guidance. Felt able and confident enough to ask questions. A brilliant, informative and empowering day.  Sarah Burton, Wibsey Primary School, Bradford

The reason we chose TLN as a provider was because we heard excellent feedback from another Oldham Head, who had attended the SMSC development workshop previously. We definitely were not disappointed. We have run the programme twice. Each workshop has reached maximum capacity and feedback has been excellent regarding both delivery and resources. It is the first time ever on the evaluation form that we have had two participants scoring 5+! We will definitely be using TLN again.   Teaching School Strategic Lead, Schools with Schools, Kingfisher Community Special School

Another thought-provoking training session from TLN, a good balance of activities, anecdotes, resources and Ofsted information.   Local Authority Advisor, Stockport

Have gained huge knowledge in how to support a school to develop SMSC within all areas of school life.   Local Authority Advisor, Milton Keynes

The course was fantastic. It gave me, a non-teacher, a really good understanding of SMSC development.   Director, Head Up CIC

Previously unsure what our SMSC development requirements were but now clear and inspired to start embedding this learning into lessons.    Education and Skills Manager, Bradford YMCA

A great confidence builder and really good for looking at new emphasis in Ofsted terms but also clear connections with other agendas.   Local Authority Advisor, Derby

A wealth of information and advice on how to put SMSC into practice.   Teacher of Religious Studies, Secondary School, Leicester and COD

The best course I have attended in a very long time – really useful and lots of ideas and resources to take away.   Headteacher, Primary School, Gloucestershire 

Superb resources and explanations from tutors.   Co-ordinator of English, Secondary School, Wakefield

We will now be able to celebrate what we are already doing for SMSC and identify gaps together.  June Cooke, Headteacher, Ightham Primary School, Kent

This course will enable me to support others to develop their understanding of SMSC.  Jodie Palmer, Holmbush Primary School, West Sussex

This course will have an impact on whole school through helping with CPD and sharing with staff the importance of SMSC to school life. Thought-provoking, useful and detailed.  Jayne Bradley, Fairfield Park Lower School, Hertfordshire

All aspects of the day were well organised and structured, there was a good balance of theory and activity.  Jenny Stone, Headteacher, Fairfield Park Lower School, Hertfordshire

Thinking about SMSC? Think no further. This course met all our Worth Valley Learning Network objectives. Informative, practical, high-quality, tried-and-tested resources rooted in the classroom get you ready for that Ofsted!   Janet Parkinson, Headteacher and Chair of Worth Valley Learning Network

The most useful piece of training I’ve been on for a long time because you are speaking from practical experience.  Anna Longhawn, Fieldhead Carr Primary, Leeds

This course has given me a clear idea of where I need to go next. I now feel clear on Ofsted expectations. Encouraging knowing I am on the right lines and now feeling more able to prioritise.  Martha Fairclough, Bedford High School 

Put my mind to rest! Great to come away from a course feeling we are already doing OK but comfortable in how to move forward.  Pippa Langston, The King’s School, Pontefract

I have a clear understanding of SMSC and how this fits in with the changes to Ofsted inspections. I also feel confident to drive SMSC within the school in the future.  Steve Banks, The King’s School, Pontefract

Far beyond expectations – thank you so much. I feel overwhelmed but inspired by the impact SMSC can have on our children and school.   Babita Khialani, Portway Primary School, Newham 

Good foundations set at the start of the day, with lots of useful examples and really helpful practical activities. Great to be able to take frameworks, books and resources away. Liz Bowes, Outreach Coordinator, NEAD, Norfolk 

The staff knowledge is amazing and the session covered everything using a variety of activities and information. The resources were excellent and ongoing support was offered. This has been the best CPD I have ever attended!   Rachel Williams, The Academy, Selsey 

I would like to reiterate what I said on the day. Absolutely brilliant course run by two exceptionally enthusiastic, knowledgeable individuals. I’m pretty modest in my praise most of the time but it was terrific!!!   Patrick Barrett, The Eastwood Academy, Leigh-on-Sea

I would just like to thank you for running this course. It was absolutely outstanding, and the information surpassed all of our expectations. It was extremely well delivered, and the information packs and handouts will be very useful in delivering effective insets in school. I was particularly impressed at how both the presenters shared real-life experiences (and not squirreled them away so that their own schools look good) and the amount of knowledge and understanding they both shared on SMSC. I came away confident in presenting an inset in school myself.  So much fantastic information that I just want to go back to school now and share the whole day with staff. They made such a scary element of the Ofsted framework an exciting adventure.    Halina Rooney, Sudbury Primary School, Brent

 

We also offer:

Staff Meetings in your school on positive curriculum approaches to SMSC including British values. We also offer the option for our team to deliver in house training to teachers and staff to help them understand how to implement SMSC values into the curriculum and their day to day work. Contact meg.henry@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk if you would like to discuss booking us to deliver. We charge £150 for a staff meeting in the Bradford District. Contact us for prices in other areas.

Review and support in school for SMSC. The Linking Network offers bespoke review and support to schools who wish to review their provision and impact on SMSC including British values and in so doing review the impact and strength of their culture and ethos. This process can include: staff meeting in your school,student interviews, SMSC walks, policy review. This support is available to secondary, primary and special schools.

Initial Teacher Training on SMSC in the Curriculum We have delivered Initial Teacher Training for PGCE and BEd students and can deliver online (or in person)

To discuss any of these options please contact us at  meg.henry@thelinkingnetwork.org.uk.

SMSC Leaders Support Please also see our  SMSC leaders page