PSHE and SMSC - What are they?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. In Heronshaw, we teach this curriculum based on the Jigsaw curriculum. Elements of the PSHE curriculum are referred to as SMSC, which is Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural.

At Heronshaw School we have created a long term plan covering all aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural features. This plan is constantly reviewed as we take into account our rapidly changing world and learning opportunities which arise within SMSC. This plan covers all aspects of SMSC throughout the whole school, showing our creative and broad curriculum is embedded throughout.


Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. Being able to take ownership of their own behaviour and understand the impact of their behaviour.

Moral development is largely about choices, behaviour and how you live your life. It's also about personal and societal values, understanding the difference between right and wrong.

Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose.

Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel, concerts). Understanding and having an open mind regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others within the school and surrounding community.

Our Heronshaw values underpin much of what we do through our SMSC focus. You can read more about them here.

We also focus on the British Values.