At Hyde High School, the pupils and their learning are central to every decision we make. This SMSC plan reflects the diverse nature of our school and our commitment to providing opportunities out students may not experience in their personal lives. We will help pupils to develop resilience and encourage them to accept responsibility for what they do. This plan also reflects the current COVID arrangements in school and the limited extra-curricular offer.



  • Provide a safe, caring and happy environment where each student is valued as an individual and can develop towards their full potential.
  • Provide for each student a wide, balanced curriculum of high-quality, appropriate to the interests and aspirations of our students, and encourage the development of key social skills.
  • Develop the potential of each student recognising different needs and abilities and providing challenges and appropriate teaching at each stage of development.
  • Set and maintain standards of discipline, courtesy and general moral values so that the school community can function effectively.
  • Encourage a sense of self-respect, independence and self-motivation – to increase our student’s capacity to accept responsibility for actions taken.
  • Encourage students to recognise their responsibility to others and to help them become active participants in a democratic society.
  • Further develop links between home and school to develop a partnership with parents in the education of their children.
  • Encourage respect for democracy and students understanding in the democratic processes.
  • An understanding of how laws are made and implemented

Cross-curriculum Teaching and Learning

SMSC education will take place across all areas of the curriculum and has particularly strong links to religious education.

All areas of the curriculum will draw examples from as wide a range of contexts as possible. SMSC delivery across the curriculum will be audited and mapped.

In order to develop a strong sense of identity in our pupils, we will use classroom discussion to enable them to:

  • Talk about their experiences and feelings.
  • Express and clarify personal ideas and beliefs.
  • Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying and death.
  • Share thoughts and feelings with other people.
  • Explore relationships with friends, family and others.
  • Consider the needs and behaviour of others.
  • Show empathy.
  • Develop self-esteem and respect for others.
  • Develop a sense of belonging.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable them to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally, e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness, etc.

Many areas across the curriculum provide opportunities for pupils to:

  • Listen and talk to each other.
  • Learn to treat all as equals, accepting people who are different because of physical and learning difficulties.
  • Agree and disagree.
  • Experience good role models.
  • Work co-operatively and collaboratively.

Students can influence decision-making through the democratic process:

  • Student leadership group
  • Pupil voice
  • Parliament group
  • Writing balanced arguments lessons
  • Providing pupils with opportunities to take part in debates and public speaking activities
  • PIE – into the mix project

We use the following methods to help pupils develop an understanding of the rule of law:

  • Setting high expectations for attendance, punctuality and behaviour
  • Setting classroom and school rules
  • Teaching pupils about health and safety laws, including e-safety laws, relevant to the school setting
  • Teaching pupils about the roles of all those who help us, including staff members, emergency services, friends and family
  • Encouraging pupils to behave appropriately around school
  • Educating pupils on the risks of radicalisation

Pupils develop an understanding of different faiths and beliefs by

  • Celebrating differences and similarities through cultural event days
  • Arranging trips to places of worship
  • Teaching about different beliefs and cultures
  • Exploring morals through lessons and assemblies
  • Dedicated RE lessons

To view our full delivery plan, please click on the link below.

SMSC Full Delivery Plan