Minerva Learning Trust



What will my child learn in this subject?

Our Ethos 

As teachers of SMSC, we have a responsibility to ensure that our learners are confident, healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We will challenge and inspire learners, developing an awareness of modern world issues through an intellectually challenging and personally enriching curriculum. Learners will be encouraged to reflect upon how they are developing socially and morally. Our learners will be provided with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities in the modern world and what it is to be British. Across their SMSC journey they will develop as outward facing and confident global citizens.

Our Aims

2 Year plan

By the time pupils complete their studying of SMSC at Ecclesfield School, they will be critical thinkers, who develop their oracy skills through an engaging curriculum which reflects the world around us. Across the 2 years, students will have access to a range of external speakers/experiences which allow a deeper character development to ready them for the wider post-16 world. The curriculum will allow students to explore how to keep themselves safe, identify risks to self and others, strategies to cope with challenges, as well as develop their financial knowledge and career aspirations. They will explore what it is to be British and develop their understanding of the wider spiritual world. They will gain a wider understanding of other cultures and religions and the ethical concepts which underly these.


  • Students will be highly skilled speakers who can empathise, analyse and evaluate with confidence.. 
  • Students will be able to understand, infer and analyse what they read.
  • Students will be able to construct an effective argument both verbally and in the written form
  • Students will be able to work independently and collectively. 


  • Students will be able to identify signs of risk and understand where to access support.
  • Students will be able to construct an informed and balanced argument.
  • Students will understand key concepts of other religions and how these form part of the world in which they live.