Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education


At Woolwich Poly, each student is valued as an individual and students are equipped to become responsible and active citizens.


The aim for Woolwich Poly is for SMSC to flow through everything we do. We recognise the huge importance of instilling the values promoted through SMSC, with the objective for this to be in the DNA of the school.

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their

  • ability to reflect 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

We therefore aim to promote spirituality through:

  • The contribution made by the whole curriculum by encouraging students to express thoughts and feelings through participation
  • Personal Development/EBC/Humanities lessons which explore values, principles and beliefs, and the way in which they affect people’s lives.

  • Assemblies

  • Extra-curricular activity

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries 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 ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

We therefore aim to promote moral development through:

  • quality of relationships staff and students, as well as encouraging positive relationships between all students at the academy
  • standards of behaviour
  • the PD/EBC/Citizenship curriculum exploring moral rights and wrongs, civil and criminal law, ethical issues and personal values
  • quality of leadership given by the Poly
  • the values the Poly sets and exhibits through its structures
  • the curriculum and teaching, including playing sport fairly and by the rules of the game

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

We therefore aim to promote social development through:

  • promoting co-operation and partnership in all lessons
  • providing opportunities for students to exercise leadership and responsibility across the school, such as within the Student Council,
  • encouraging respect for democracy through participation in democratic processes – such as voting for form/sports captains and taking part in UK Youth Parliament activities
  • encouraging students to show initiative and understand how they can contribute to society; through raising money for worthy causes, such as Oxfam, McMillan, Jeans for Genes, Cystic Fibrosis.
  • classroom organisation and management
  • the grouping of students
  • Expressing views through student questionnaires and pupil surveys
  • extra-curricular activity

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those 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, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
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