This may well be old news to many, but for what it’s worth, and as something of a note to self..
The proposal for inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from January 2012 was published on 21st March, the consultation period ending on 27th May. The inspection framework said some very positive things about the continuing role of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, and specifically a change from assessing SMSC as an outcome for pupils, to a measure of the overall effectiveness of a school.
“We propose to judge the overall effectiveness of the school by giving particular attention to the judgements about: the achievement of all pupils; behaviour and safety; the quality of teaching; and leadership and management; with consideration of how well the school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”
Paragraph 36 explains in more detail:
We propose to adopt a similar approach in the future, based on the judgements made about how well pupils achieve, the quality of teaching, standards of behaviour and pupils’ attitudes, and the leadership and management of the school, taking into account also how well the school provides for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. In the present inspection framework, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is regarded as an outcome for pupils, which is often aligned with judgements about pupils’ behaviour and the extent to which they contribute to the school and wider community. We propose to shift the focus so that consideration of how well the school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development forms part of the judgement on overall effectiveness. Evidence to support this will be gathered from consideration of the quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, achievement, and leadership and management.