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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

How Can Multi-Academy Trusts Monitor SMSC Provision in Their Schools

Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) are responsible for overseeing and monitoring the educational provision at a number of schools, including SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development. Here are some steps that MATs can take to monitor SMSC provision:

Developing a consistent approach: MATs should ensure that all schools within the trust have a consistent approach to SMSC development, with clear policies and procedures in place to guide provision.


Regular assessments: MATs can regularly assess SMSC provision at each school through a variety of methods, including pupil questionnaires, staff surveys, and lesson observations. This data can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in provision and to inform future planning.


Monitoring progress: MATs should monitor progress in SMSC provision over time, tracking the impact of initiatives and interventions on pupil progress and well-being. This information can be used to refine and improve SMSC provision across the trust.


Sharing best practice: MATs can encourage the sharing of best practice between schools in the trust, promoting effective approaches to SMSC provision and ensuring that all schools are supported to provide high-quality SMSC development.


Involving stakeholders: MATs can involve key stakeholders, such as pupils, parents, and staff, in the monitoring and evaluation of SMSC provision. This can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of provision and can help to identify areas for improvement.


Regular reporting: MATs should regularly report on the progress of SMSC provision to key stakeholders, including the board of directors and local authorities. This can demonstrate the commitment of the trust to SMSC development and provide evidence of the impact of its initiatives.


In conclusion, monitoring SMSC provision in a Multi Academy Trust requires a systematic and comprehensive approach, involving regular assessments, monitoring progress, sharing best practice, involving stakeholders, and regular reporting. By taking these steps, MATs can ensure that all schools within the trust are providing high-quality SMSC provision to support pupil development and well-being.

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