Vision

At Ark Evelyn Grace Academy, our vision is to support the development of students so that they can be happy and successful in whatever their chosen career or area of further study. We believe that this means developing the student not just academically but also who they are as a person – their character.

The characteristics that students need to develop form their ‘Circle of character strengths’, which stands for: Curiosity, Integrity, Responsibility, Confidence, Leadership and Eloquence. We support the development of these strengths in a coherent, highly effective way: all staff and students have a shared language for character strengths; we explicitly teach students how to develop their character strengths through our character curriculum and the house system; the Circle of character strengths is applied across all areas of the academy.

We believe that every interaction is an opportunity to develop the good character of our students to help them be cleverer and kinder every day.

Strands within the character curriculum:

Circle of character strengths:

 

Intent

Personal development our character curriculum is taught explicitly in tutor sessions and extended workshops. These are delivered by our tutors, and carefully selected external agencies who specialise in teaching Personal, Social and Health Education content. As well as delivering statutory sessions as per the government and Ofsted guidance, the character curriculum supports students in developing skills in discussion, sharing and understanding each other’s views, and how to safely navigate all aspects of the adult world.

Student well-being The character curriculum map ensures students are supported to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being. Character and PSHE sessions cover the following: healthy eating, personal hygiene, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation; domestic abuse; female genital mutilation; forced marriage; substance misuse; gang activity; radicalisation and extremism. We give clear details on how to seek support from a range of providers, including both in and out of school.

Progression planning – we have planned for progression with regards to the development of our students' character strengths so they may be happy and well-rounded students when they leave Evelyn Grace Academy. From this, we have mapped the key units that they would need to cover in the character curriculum to support them to get there. We have also used government and Ofsted guidance to ensure that essential lessons are included to meet statutory guidance and the needs of our students within the context of our school.

Vocabulary-rich we include key terminology in character sessions to ensure our students understand the correct terms associated with each topic of study. We also ensure that key vocabulary around the law and essential understanding of key SMSC topics (such as FGM and Prevent) are correctly used in PSHE sessions.

Implementation

Regular training – we train all staff on the language in our circle of character strengths at the start of the academic year and at regular intervals across the year. We support them to make every conversation an opportunity to develop the character of our students through this training. We also train staff on how to deliver key elements of SMSC to a highly effective standard, again through briefings and CPD. This ensures that vital sessions such as on FGM, Prevent and sex education are taught well and all students come away from these with a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

High-quality teaching – we expect all tutor sessions to be delivered at a highly effective standard so that our students make secure progress in the development of their character. We support staff to do so through weekly briefings for all tutors on how to deliver the following week’s sessions highly effectively, as well as learning walks with feedback for tutors conducted by the senior team, directors of learning and Character Lead.

Aide-memoirs – we ensure that all classrooms have the circle of character strengths on the wall to support both students and teachers to use our shared language around character development. Symbols are included in students’ planners as well.

            

Character Curriculum map:

Statutory sessions as guided by the Ofsted framework and SMSC guidance are highlighted.

Careers sessions that meet the Ofsted framework and Gatsby benchmarks are highlighted.

 

Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

7

Getting the Most Out of Secondary School

Mental wellbeing

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

Keeping Myself Healthy

Healthy relationships

Mental wellbeing

Personal Hygiene

Grooming and legal implications of gangs

How do I safely interact with others?

Consent

Equality and tolerance.

E-safety and online aspects of relationships.

Understanding my Role in Society

Equality and tolerance.

Families and relationship types

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Basic first aid, CPR and using defibrillators

Understanding my Role in Society

Tackling Extreme views

Democracy and Shared Values

Healthy Habits for a Healthy Body

Puberty, relationships and healthy personal practices. Organ, blood and stem cell donation

STIs, prevention, risk, safer sex, interaction between drug and alcohol use and sexual behaviour

8

What can I expect from Year 8?

Mental wellbeing

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

Healthy relationships

Mental wellbeing

Personal Hygiene

Grooming and legal implications of gangs

How do I safely interact with others?

Consent

Equality and tolerance.

E-safety and online aspects of relationships.

Understanding my Role in Society

Equality and tolerance.

Tackling Extreme views

Families and relationship types

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Basic first aid, CPR and using defibrillators

Healthy Body and Relationships

Puberty, relationships and healthy personal practices. Organ, blood and stem cell donation

STIs, prevention, risk, safer sex, interaction between drug and alcohol use and sexual behaviour

What might my future look like? (As well as statutory FGM content)

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

FGM, sexual violence and sexual harassment

9

Preparing for Year 9

Mental wellbeing

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

Healthy relationships

Mental wellbeing

Personal Hygiene

Grooming and legal implications of gangs

How do I safely interact with others?

Consent

Equality and tolerance.

E-safety and online aspects of relationships.

How do I navigate the adult world?

Careers and aspirations

(including options for GCSE)

Families and relationship types

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Basic first aid, CPR and using defibrillators

Healthy Habits

Money, budgeting, taxes and savings.

STIs, prevention, risk, safer sex, interaction between drug and alcohol use and sexual behaviour

Sex and Relationships, contraception, sexting and sexual health services.

Healthy Habits

E-safety, positive online practices and online grooming.

Organ, blood and stem cell donation

Careers and aspirations

FGM, sexual violence and sexual harassment

Mindfulness and wellbeing

10

Making the Most of My GCSE Years

Mental wellbeing

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

Healthy relationships

Mental wellbeing

Personal Hygiene

Grooming and legal implications of gangs

How do I safely interact with others?

Consent

Equality and tolerance.

Tackling Extreme views

E-safety and online aspects of relationships.

Healthy Body and Relationships

Sex and Relationships, contraception, sexting and sexual health services.

Families and relationship types

Organ, blood and stem cell donation

Basic first aid, CPR and using defibrillators

How do I navigate the adult world?

Money, budgeting, taxes and savings.

Mindfulness and wellbeing

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Sex Education

How do I navigate the adult world?

E-safety, positive online practices and online grooming.

FGM, sexual violence and sexual harassment

Careers and aspirations (including work related learning)

11

Making the Most of Year 11

Mental wellbeing

Careers and aspirations

Self-discipline and motivation

Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe

Healthy relationships

Mental wellbeing

Personal Hygiene

Grooming and legal implications of gangs

How do I safely interact with others?

Consent

E-safety and online aspects of relationships.

Equality and tolerance (including prevent)

Families and relationship types

Careers and aspirations

Who do I want to be?

Money budgeting, taxes and savings.

Careers and aspirations

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse

Organ, blood and stem cell donation