Whether new to SMSC learning or highly experienced with this OFSTED requirement, we can help. Developed by experts, the National SMSC Quality Mark self-assessment tool gives clear, practical advice to schools. A single payment of £75 + VAT gives you access to our online self-review tool, enabling you to carry out a comprehensive audit of SMSC provision in your school and identify areas for development.
We also invite schools to submit their self-assessments for verification by a member of our team (at a cost of £495* + VAT). Why is this helpful? We champion the importance of SMSC delivery, because it underpins the best education and prepares young people for the world. With independent validation, you will obtain an objective view of your achievements and raise the profile of your school in your community.
*As we have a limited number of verifiers to cover the whole country, we may need to charge travel costs depending on the location of your school. This will be discussed and agreed when you book your verification.
Completing the self-assessment is simple – just read the self-review statements and determine which best reflects your school’s approach in response to each of the four standards: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural. Where statements are made about pupils’ learning and development, this should be judged at an ‘age-appropriate’ level.
Schools should adopt a ‘best fit’ approach that relies on their professional judgement. We suggest that SMSC leads check their perceptions with colleagues, governors, parents and pupils where appropriate, to ensure they have a clear picture about SMSC provision across the whole school.Apply Now
Statements are organised into four levels:
The self-assessment doesn’t need to be completed all in one session, as the form will automatically save as you work through it, enabling you to return and complete it at a later date. Once you’ve completed the self-assessment, the online tool will calculate your result to determine whether your school is working at a bronze, silver or gold level. To achieve a level, a school must attain an aggregate score of 80% or more at that level or at a higher level.
We hope that schools will use their completed self-assessments as the basis for developing an action plan to further improve their provision of SMSC, and apply for a verification visit in order to have their self-assessment verified. SMSC Quality Marks are valid for three years.
SMSC is essential to academic progress and attainment of pupils. It is not something that happens in isolation – it saturates through the school and is linked to everything the school does, the ethos and the kind of place it is. It must be supported and articulated by schools leaders and governors and should be visible in all day to day decisions and relationships.
All areas of the curriculum contribute to SMSC development. Although some SMSC development will occur as a result of informal, opportunistic or accidental occurrences, it cannot be left to chance, and should be the foundation of a well-planned learning, supported by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of staff, which enables children and the adults who work with them, to flourish.
It is our hope that this Quality Mark will help schools deliver on their statutory responsibilities and the broad and balanced curriculum that is the entitlement and expectation for all pupils.