Celebrating SMSC at The Milford Academy

At The Milford Academy, we recognise that social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is central to the education of all pupils. It is reflected in the behaviours of individuals, their interactions and also in the provision of teaching, resources and learning environments. SMSC development is taught through and reflected in all areas of the curriculum and through all aspects of school life.

What is SMSC?

At The Milford Academy, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. We put it ‘at the heart’ of our school curriculum. It requires us to think about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide.


  • We give children the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect peoples’ lives.
  • We give children the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
  • We encourage children to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference- for example, asking ‘why?’ ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ as well as ‘what?’


  • We provide a clear moral code as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school through our work Milford Values.
  • We promote measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria.
  • We encourage children to take responsibility for their actions; for example, respect for property, care of the environment, and developing codes of behaviour.
  • We provide models of moral development through our curriculum and embedded into our acts of Collective Worship.


  • We foster a sense of community, with common, inclusive values which ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion can flourish.
  • We help children develop personal qualities which are valued in a society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, interdependence, self-respect.
  • We provide a conceptual and linguistic framework within which to understand and debate social issues.
  • We encourage children to work together cooperatively.


  • We provide opportunities for children to explore their own cultural assumptions and values.
  • We present authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures.
  • We aim to extend children’s knowledge and use of cultural imagery and language, recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents.
  • We provide opportunities for children to participate in literature, drama, music, art and craft-based activities.

At The Milford Academy, we demonstrate the following values:


 What do they mean for the children?


Children learn successfully when they want to learn. In life things are not always easy. Motivation is a key skill for everyone who wants to get better at anything and reach their potential. Motivated people are happier and achieve well.


Children need to learn about what they can achieve on their own and when it is the right time to seek help from others. Learning how to be independent is an important part of growing up and helps children achieve well in Secondary School and in their adult lives.


Learning is at the heart of everything we do at Milford. We want children to learn now, at their secondary school and on into the future. We want to give your child a love of learning while also encouraging them to understand how they learn effectively.

Forward Thinking

We encourage children to think ahead and consider the potential consequences of their actions. We particularly want children to understand that the investment they make now in their own education can and probably will have a massive influence on the rest of their lives.


Of course, we want all children to be the best they can be and that is true of ourselves as well. We want our children to understand what outstanding means, what it looks like and what it feels like. It is hard to achieve but it is always worth aiming for!


We teach all our children to value themselves and everybody else. We teach our children to value diversity, different cultures and individual beliefs. We think good manners and respecting everybody are key British Values that we should all follow.


Life is not always easy. All of us at different times of our lives face challenges and most children find learning challenging. We encourage our children to be determined, knowing that this is a personal quality that can sustain them as a child and as an adult and help them lead a successful and fulfilling life.