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SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural)

RE provides opportunities to promote spiritual development through:

• discussing and reflecting on questions surrounding faith, belief, ethics and morality

• learning about and reflecting on important beliefs, practices and experiences which are      axiomatic to religious and other traditions and practices

• considering how beliefs and concepts are expressed culturally and creatively through the arts and human and natural sciences

• considering how religions and other world views perceive the human value and relations which each other, the natural world and with God

RE provides opportunities to promote moral development through:

• exploring how beliefs, teachings and sacred texts influence individuals and groups

• thinking about matters of ethical and moral concern

• studying issues that promote respect of race, religion and belief

• distinguishing between what is right and wrong and respecting the civil and criminal law of the UK

• considering the importance of rights and responsibilities and developing social awareness

RE provides opportunities to promote social development through:

• considering how religious and other beliefs lead to particular actions and concerns

• addressing issues relating to democratic processes, promoting respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied across the UK, whilst exploring potential tensions with religious laws

• investigating social issues from religious and non-religious perspectives

• recognising diversity and difference as well as the common ground between religions and beliefs

• expressing pupils’/students’ personal views on a range of contemporary social issues whilst developing a capacity to consider respectfully the views of others

• acceptance of and engagement with British values (OfSTED)

RE provides opportunities to promote cultural development through:


• encountering people of faith from different religions, beliefs and cultures

• considering cultural diversity within the same religious or non-religious tradition

• promoting tolerance, racial and interfaith harmony and respect for all, combating prejudice and discrimination

• contributing positively to community cohesion and interfaith cooperation