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  • Writer's pictureDaniel O'Brien

Capturing evidence of SMSC in schools: Benefits and importance

SMSC refers to the development of a child's values, beliefs, attitudes, and sense of identity and belonging. It is an integral part of education and encompasses a broad range of experiences that shape a child's understanding of the world and their place in it.


An SMSC Coordinator with a school pupil.

Capturing evidence of SMSC in schools can have numerous benefits, including:

  • Providing a clear picture of a child's development: By collecting evidence of SMSC, educators can get a clear understanding of a child's growth in these areas. This can help identify strengths and weaknesses and inform future planning and support.

  • Enhancing accountability: Capturing SMSC evidence helps schools demonstrate the impact of their work in this ara and hold themselves accountable for delivering high-quality education.

  • Improving assessment: Evidence of SMSC can be used to assess a child's progress and provide a more holistic view of their development.

  • Promoting reflective practice: Capturing SMSC evidence encourages teachers to reflect on their own practice and consider how they can further develop their own SMSC teaching.

  • Supporting Ofsted inspections: Ofsted, the regulatory body for schools in England, places a strong emphasis on SMSC in its inspections. Capturing evidence of SMSC can help schools prepare for inspections and demonstrate their commitment to this area of education.

  • Fostering a positive school culture: Evidence of SMSC can be used to celebrate the achievements and positive values of the school community, helping to foster a positive and inclusive school culture.

In conclusion, capturing evidence of SMSC in schools is a valuable tool for educators, providing a comprehensive understanding of a child's development and supporting improvement in education. By incorporating SMSC into their practice, schools can help children develop into well-rounded and responsible individuals.


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