'A footprint means pressing down and global means world, so 'global footprint' means pressing down on the world and we don't want to press too hard' (child's definition of a Global Footprint)
what is Global Learning? CoreKnowledge Key Skills Values and Attitudes what is sustainability? what about climate change?
what about climate change?


SMSC aspects of learning cut across all areas of school life.  Values education has taken many forms over the years, and it continues to underpin school life through the school ethos and mission statement.  It has many implications for the kind of learners, of all ages, we wish to encourage and the society they will inherit – and shape. 

At its heart, SMSC is about relationships and attitudes.  In school this begins with the values projected by staff, governors and pupils, the interactions between people and the way they care for one another.  The quality of the physical environment, the range of opportunities provided by the school both within the curriculum and beyond it, the relationship developed by the school with the wider community and school communication all have a part to play.

The new Ofsted Framework 2012 re-emphasises SMSC, making this the main judgement about pupils’ personal development.  Evidence to support impact on SMSC development of pupils is gathered from all aspects of the inspection: quality of teaching, pupil’s behaviour and attitudes, achievement, leadership and management and forms part of the judgement on overall effectiveness.  Good SMSC is seen by Ofsted as an essential element of preparation for future life. 

SMSC has been compared to the popular concept of ‘Where’s Wally?’  Once tuned in to SMSC definitions, you will recognise it in all aspects of teaching and learning in your school.  However, to ensure high quality provision SMSC needs to be planned, coherent and seen as a whole. And most key of all, it needs to focus on the impact on pupils. 

When it comes to global learning and SMSC it is important to know the definitions, be able to articulate what your school is doing well and to take action to fill the gaps or improve where necessary.  By following the advice contained in these web-pages schools can succeed in a holistic approach to preparing learners to participate and shape a more equitable and just present and future. 

Link to Handout (Appendix 1): Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Aspects and Linking