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Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Indicators

Defining Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Pupils’ spiritual development is demonstrated by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for other people’s 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.

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • Understanding the consequences of their actions.
  • Interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.

Pupils’ social development 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 social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function.

Pupils’ cultural development is indicated by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond to artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring and showing respect for cultural diversity as demonstrated by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

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