A further point to note is that all of the website details for Character, Employability and careers is reviewed annually and our next review of the data published will be December 2020
The aim of the character curriculum is to provide our students with the tools they need to build up their intellectual and emotional character. We believe we fulfil the aims of the school very well but recognise that as educators we must constantly review our curriculum. We are always looking at ways to improve our education in a forever changing world.
Each half-term we aim to introduce a character attribute for the whole school that we deem to be important to develop. These traits are:
· Confidence and self-esteem
· Communication skills
· Self (or emotional) regulation
· Perseverance and motivation
· Tolerance, respect, empathy and compassion.
We feel that our responsibilities in relation to character development encompasses:
· Encouraging our students to understand, value and demonstrate the positive behaviour traits which would make them well-rounded, grounded citizens
· Developing the skills required to function in and contribute to society
· Supporting the social and emotional development or emotional intelligence of young people, such that they better understand themselves, their strengths and weaknesses.
· Instil and develop a moral compass about how to interact with people and understand their behaviour.
As a school, the ways in which our subjects are taught will aid further character development, and shape attitudes to learning.
· A new subject area, Employability is being introduced and will be supported through our extra-curricular activities such as sessions with careers advisors, careers fairs and work experience.
· Staff-student relationships are seen as key and all of our staff model desired traits and being approachable and engaging, to encourage students to be open with them and take on board their advice.
· A wide range of extra-curricular activities are available to all students including sports, clubs or trips, Duke of Edinburgh Awards - more or less explicitly focused on character development.
Further to this, there are special events in our school calendar, ranging from 'health and wellbeing' week through to online safety and award ceremonies recognising non-academic achievements.
We also have our Parliament with positions of responsibility which develop traits such as leadership, empathy and self-esteem.
Character curriculum and its development is an intrinsic part of school life. As a consequence it is embedded across the school curriculum, in all other subjects, with key values promoted and reiterated at different levels and in different contexts. Assemblies, tutor time, Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons, and extra-curricular activities encourage our students to reflect upon, develop and demonstrate character traits.
I have added a further link below to some examples of our placements which I hope you will find useful.