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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development


Our intention, at Ackton Pastures, is to raise the profile of the Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and British Values status within our school. We aim to ensure that all children have the opportunity to experience many ‘real life’ experiences whether that be onsite or out of school. We also want to ensure that Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) aspects of learning are at the heart of all teaching and not just in stand-alone lessons. By the end of primary school, we want all children to understand the importance of SEAL, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school. Ensure that our children are more experienced on how to deal with specific situations and make informed decisions in later life.


Children are taught SEAL on a weekly basis in their classes. Themes are further explored and reinforced in whole school assemblies. They are taught using the Primary National Strategy scheme which is based around half termly themes. Although SMSC and British Values are not taught as discrete lessons, the relevant skills are taught throughout SEAL as well as the wider curriculum. Pupils select an Academy Council to lead various events throughout the year, linked to raising the profile of these aspects of learning (see Academy Council page). As part of the two-year rolling program, in RE, all key stages have clear links with British values and SMSC. The ethos of Ackton Pastures strongly emphasises the core values of SMSC and British Values. The children all abide by the school rules (3As) and are aware of consequences (behaviour pyramid).


All children understand the importance of SEAL, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school.

SEAL is assessed by the children’s learning outcomes in comparison with the Primary National Strategy schemes objectives. Termly, topic files are reviewed and evidence is collected to ensure children are receiving a full SEAL curriculum and are achieving SMSC and British Values skills.


At Ackton Pastures we firmly believe that all children should be given the opportunity and encouragement to learn to the best of their ability and to reach their full potential.

We aim for our school to do this by:-

Being a safe, happy environment for all

• Recognising and developing individual needs
• Helping children to develop a sensitivity to others
• Providing equal opportunities for all
• Promoting high expectations of behaviour and achievement
• Stimulating curiosity and enjoyment of learning
• Providing a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum delivered through good quality lessons
• Maintaining staff development so they are at the leading edge of education
• Recognising and celebrating achievements
• Creating a working partnership between staff, governors, pupils and parents
• Identifying opportunities for children to learn independently
• Promoting standards of attainment in line with or above national expectations in curriculum, attendance and behaviour.

Pupils must also understand and accept responsibility for:-

• Promoting their own learning
• Striving for the best quality in all work they do
• Ensuring their conduct in and around school is exemplary
• Ensuring the learning of others is not obstructed.

At Ackton Pastures we are striving to create a school where everybody works together to achieve the best education facilities and opportunities that our pupils rightly deserve.

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