What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values

20th Oct 2016

As a school, we have been thinking about, and celebrating, ‘Harvest Time’. Not only have we been discussing how lucky we are for the delicious foods harvest time brings to us, but we have been reflecting on other parts of the world where our global resources are not as readily available or shared.

A service  was held at St John’s on Thursday 20th Oct where we spent time with our buddies and enjoyed songs and harvest presentations from the whole school.



  • 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, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

On Wednesday 9th November 2016, we were pleased to welcome Jordan – a young member of the British Legion – to our whole school assembly. He talked to us about the history and importance of Poppy day and the work that the British Legion do for the service men and women of Congleton.

Our head boy and girl, Joe and Hannah, presented a wreath to Jordan from Buglawton School which will be laid at Congleton Memorial on Friday 11th November.



ARMISTACE DAY – Friday 11th Nov 2016

Year 6 walked to Congeton Memorial Gardens and joined with other local schools, the Mayor of Congleton and the British Legion for the memorial service and 2 minute silence. Our Deputy head boy and girl, Ryan and Eleanor, represented Buglawton by laying the school wreath.





As part of Anti-bullying week, Buglawton had an Anti-bullying day on 16th November 2016. KS1 and KS2 had a range of activities to be involved with which helped us all to reflect upon the issues of bullying in all it’s forms. We worked within our school teams to allow us all to get to know children and staff who we may not spend time with every day.

Our whole school assembly was delivered by two PCSO’s from Congleton Police. They helped us think about what bullying is, how it effects us, the reasons for bullying and what we can do if it happens to us.



The head boy and head girl, Joe and Hannah alongside the year 6 school council representatives, Drew and Ruth, also prepared and delivered an anti-bullying assembly for the whole school.

They reminded the children on how Buglawton deals with bullying and advised what children can do if they are worried about how any of the children here at Buglawton are being treated.




” I liked the year 6 children talking to us because it made me feel safe in school and that I have always got someone to talk to if I am worried.” (Year 3 child)

” I think I would go to my buddy if I was being bullied and they would help me” (Year 1 child)


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 communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

24th January 2017

Today the whole school participated in an assembly to discuss how to be ‘Food Smart’.

As we are all eating too much sugar, fat and salt, which can lead to a build up of harmful fats in our bodies, we need to be more aware of how to find out what is in our foods, how to compare products and how to make healthier choices.


20th October 2016

As part of our Harvest celebrations this year, the children donated tinned and packet foods which were made up into harvest baskets. After our Church service on 20th October 2016, our Year 6 children went out into our local community and gave the baskets to the elderly residents of Buglawton. This was a fantastic example of the children developing their social, moral and emotional skills, contributing to our local community and representing our school.


13th December 2016

This week has been Design & Technology week for year 6 and we decided to focus on cookery.

We planned, prepared, made and delivered no fewer than 80 oat cookies and 80 hand designed Christmas cards for our local community in Buglawton.

After all the hard work, it was lovely to see all the smiling faces of Buglawton residents who were so pleased to have a Christmas gift and wishes brought to their doorsteps from the Year 6 children.



“I wish we could do this all the time, it’s really nice to see people so happy that we have come to see them. We even met a man who was a Buglawton pupil 70 years ago!” (George, Year 6)


  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


11th October 2016

This year our Head boy and girl, Joe and Hannah, visited the Houses of Parliament on 11th October and fed back what they learnt to share what they had found out.



We will also have a visit from the Mayor of Congleton to talk to us about his role and how we can get involved in the democratic process.

Junior Council Meeting – Congleton Town Hall, 23rd November 2016

On Wednesday 23rd November, the head boy and girl (Hannah and Joe) and the School Council Representatives from Year 6 (Ruth and Drew) attended a Junior Council Meeting at Congleton Town Hall with other local primary schools.

They were welcomed by the Town Mayor, Mr David Brown, and quickly elected a Junior Mayor and Deputies for the day and contributed to a social media workshop with Councillor George Hayes.

Afterwards they were split into groups to brainstorm their likes and dislikes about Congleton and what ideas they had for improving it. After a lively debate, Congleton Paddling Pool was voted the facility in most need of change and improvement.

A fantastic example of our children directly involved in the democratic process.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to attend the meeting. We had an amazing taste of what it would be like to be a part of Congleton’s Counselling Body.” (Ruth, Hannah, Drew, Joe, Year 6)




This year we are looking forward to a whole school assembly presentation by a local Magistrate, Mr Trevor Higgins, who will be visiting us on November 30th to explain his role.


This year, as part of our ongoing learning about British Values, we will welcome Mr David Maidment from Amnesty International on 2nd November who will be discussing ‘individual liberty’ with the children and what that may mean to them.
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain


This year we are looking forward to a visit from a representative from The British Legion on 9th November, to lead us in a Remembrance Assembly.


  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.


More details about how we approach SMSC at Buglawton can be found in our SMSC Policy below.