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We achieved the GOLD SMSC Mark!  

At Halfway Houses we are passionate about teaching and embedding values across the school. Our school ethos is based around our four core values of independence, collaboration, aspiration and creativity. We also have monthly values which we discuss during assemblies and embed these during our learning across the curriculum.



Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum.

Ofsted puts SMSC ‘at the heart’ of school development. It requires schools to think about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide.



We have weekly ‘talking points’ where all our children have the chance to debate and vote on a question such as ‘Should animals be kept in a zoo?’ Our children also receive value tokens for a variety of reasons such as if they have opened a door for somebody or if they have shown kindness to another child. The tokens are collected in their school house and the winning house will receive a reward at the end of each term!



Talking Point Results


Term/Week Question Yes No
Term 2-Week 1

Does technology make us more alone?

199 209
Term 2-Week 2

Do you learn everything you need to succeed in life at school?

83 319
Term 2-Week 3

Should all children get free school meals?

251 168
Term 2-Week 4

Does grammar and punctuation matter in text messages?

150 228
Term 2-Week 5

Should children have to join a club or team?

124 312
Term 2-Week 6

Can children make a difference to the environment?

341 43
Term 2-Week 7

Do you wish it could be Christmas every day?




Term/Week Question Yes No
Term 1-Week 1

Is it important to set ourselves targets?

392 30
Term 1-Week 2

Can you be a role model at any age?

327 38
Term 1-Week 3

Do we ever stop learning?

110 335
Term 1-Week 4

If I search for something on Google will I always find the right answer?

99 347
Term 1-Week 5

Is winning the race more important than running it?

58 304



Term/Week Question Yes No
Term 6-Week 1 Should there be monetary rewards for doing well? 291 135
Term 6-Week 2 Should we be worried about our effect on the planet? 279 29
Term 6-Week 3 Should we send money to help victims of natural disasters in other countries? 411 34
Term 6-Week 4 Is it okay to eat what you want when you want?  100 423


Every term we have a ‘house family’ swap where all the children from across the school are put into their houses and work together on a project. This means that children in year 6 have the opportunity to work with reception children.

We are very proud to have achieved the GOLD SMSC quality mark for our school. This is a national mark which recognises schools for their understanding of child and staff wellbeing; pupil engagement across all areas of the curriculum; giving the children the opportunity for culture visits and allowing all of our children to have a voice. 

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