SMSCD and PSHE Curriculum Statement

At Burton End Primary Academy, our aim is to develop articulate and thoughtful children - all children will be able to talk confidently about their own ideas and hopes for their future. We seek to promote a caring, compassionate and fair environment within which all pupils are valued and enabled to flourish.

We facilitate this by fostering our values of:

Resilience, Empathy, Self-awareness, Passion, Excellence, Compassion and Teamwork.

Through the teaching of PSHE and SMSCD (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and to always believe in themselves. We aim for our children to become confident individuals, who understand their own worth and the role that they have to play within their own and the wider community.

The Spiritual development of our pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.


The Moral development of our pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


The Social development of our pupils is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


The Cultural development of our pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

SMSCD can be seen in our school through:

  • RE lessons
  • PSHE lessons
  • Curriculum lessons
  • Assemblies and collective worship
  • Celebrating religious festivals
  • National and international events and celebrations
  • Sharing our learning with our families and members of our community
  • Pupil forum and school elections
  • Trips and visits
  • In school visitors
  • Charity awareness and fundraising

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) are central to a school’s ethos, supporting children in their development, and underpinning learning in the classroom, school, and in the wider community. Values are fundamental expressions of what we think and believe. As a school we encourage children to think about personal and social values, to become aware of, and involved in the life and concerns of their community and society, and so develop their capacity to be active and effective future citizens.

PSHE education is taught as a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Throughout the school, the programmes of study covered will be:

  • Sex and Relationship education (SRE)
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Keeping safe and managing risk
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing
  • Identity, society and equality

These will be approached in an age appropriate and accessible way for each year group, with the learning building on that or previous years.