Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    Citizenship & SMSC
    Mrs A Jones
    Assistant Vice Principal
    Email: citizenship@hillsidehigh.co.uk


    Citizenship teaching provides 'knowledge, skills and understanding' to 'play a full and active part in society’ (National Curriculum 2014).

    The citizenship curriculum fosters:

    • keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and law
    • skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically
    • skills and knowledge to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments
    • pupils' ability 'to take their place in society as responsible citizens'.

    At Hillside High School, the term SMSC is used to describe the teaching of the following:

    • Citizenship
    • PSHE - Personal, Social and Health education
    • BV - British Values
    • CIEAG -
    • SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

    A dedicated SMSC programme runs throughout the school year in which students are taught compulsory Citizenship education along with other aspects of SMSC as outlined above.  .  Students also complete shorter activities during morning registration time.  Assemblies take place once a week which link to an aspect of SMSC. Students study 3 dedicated SMSC lessons each half term taught in form groups. 

    The full plan can be viewed by clicking here.

    Hillside’s SMSC programme has been mapped to the statutory requirements for delivering citizenship education and can be viewed by clicking here.

    Careers at Hillside

    Within SMSC lessons, students study careers education however there is a wider programme for careers education which can be viewed here.