Improving the SMSC development of pupils in independent schools

Departmental advice outlining independent schools' obligations in relation to spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.



This departmental advice is for:

  • independent school proprietors
  • headteachers
  • school staff

It relates to:

  • independent schools
  • academies
  • free schools

This advice has been produced to help independent schools (including academies and free schools) understand their obligations under the standard for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils contained in the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010.

This advice will be reviewed in January 2016.

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