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New Perspectives … on creating an environment to enhance spiritual, moral, social and cultural development


This course will help participants explore and understand more about what spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, the links between these aspects of personal development and the importance of creating an appropriate environment, both within the classroom and the whole school, to enhance this. The course will also explore both how this is linked to raised standards of attainment and the challenges that this presents to a narrow view of standards. Drawing on Tony Eaude’s book, 'Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development', it emphasises the importance of relationships and the teacher’s own beliefs and values.


This course is designed for headteachers, teachers and other staff in one primary school, or group of small schools, or groups of teachers in training or on in-service courses, whatever their level of knowledge and experience. It can be adapted, where appropriate, for groups from different settings, such as school advisers or those three years into teaching.


The course can be run either as a training day or a set of two or three staff meetings. Where there are separate sessions, additional benefit can be gained by the reflection and conversation which occurs, and is encouraged, between sessions. A conversation with the head, senior member of staff or course leader, in advance, will be valuable to determine the current level of knowledge and experience of potential participants and to establish the specific objectives to be met.


Participants will:

• explore briefly the main aspects of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;

• consider the importance of context and environment in children’s learning and the features of a classroom environment to enhance SMSC; and

• be helped to reflect on the implications and dilemmas for their own practice and that of their school in providing such an environment.

This course can be linked to the development of a school's learning and teaching policy and/or the self-evaluation process. As with all 'New Perspectives ...' courses, it is hoped that participants will come to see their teaching in fresh and innovative ways, building on and enhancing their professional knowledge and providing new energy and motivation.

To discuss this course, or others offered by 'New Perspectives...', and how they can be most useful in your own context, please feel free to contact Dr Tony Eaude, 6 Long Wall, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4PG on 01865 711135 (phone/fax) or

Identity, Culture and Belonging: Educating Young Children for a Changing World is due to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in February 2020. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

Developing the expertise of primary and elementary classroom teachers -professional learning for a changing world was published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018. A paperback version was published in July 2019. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

New Perspectives on Young Children’s Moral Education
-Developing Character through a Virtue Ethics Approach
was published by Bloomsbury in December 2015. Details of how to order are on the Bloomsbury website.

How do expert primary classroom teachers really work? - a guide for teachers, headteachers and teacher educators was published in 2012. For further details, see the publications section of this website or contact
Details of how to order are on the Critical Publishing website.
Download flyer (pdf, 3.3MB).

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years was published in January 2011. For further details see Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years.

Thinking Through Pedagogy: Primary and Early Years by Tony Eaude

Children's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development by Tony Eaude (second edition, 2008)

Enhancing Achievement for Young Bilingual Learners
Download flyer (pdf, 410K) by Tony Eaude, published in March 2007

For more details on how to order these, please contact