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Character and Civics Intent

The world is a rapidly changing and evolving place which means that our scholars will enter a society that requires them to have the necessary knowledge and skills to do the following:

· Understand a range of social and societal issues

· Have the necessary ‘schema’ that will allow them to respond to appropriately to any issues they are presented with

· To have the knowledge to be able to navigate a range of risks they may encounter

· To be able to discuss and articulate ideas relating to their personal development

· Have the ‘soft’ skills as well as academic qualifications to reduce any barriers to scholars being able to have the choices they want

Our character and civics curriculum is key to the personal development of our scholars. We passionately believe that our scholars have unlimited potential, and the development of their character is key to this. We have carefully integrated PRIDE into our lessons, so scholars recognise the character skills they are developing. Civics is a key part of developing our scholar’s cultural capital so they can interact and make a positive contribution to society.

Our curriculum has been carefully sequenced with clear thinking behind when topics are introduced to our scholars. We use student voice and links with our primary schools to help determine the correct starting point in Year 7. The knowledge builds up through all the key stages to equip our scholars with the necessary cultural capital to understand the constantly changing world around them. Our curriculum is designed for flexibility so we can respond to emerging issues that are present in our school community, local community as well as national trends. As scholars progress through the curriculum, they may have more questions or seek support. We have signposted where scholars can access support whether in school through our ‘Safe Guardians’ or externally.

Our curriculum is based on the following themes:

· Health and well-being

· Relationships

· Living in the wider world

· Religious Education

A key element of the Civics + Character Education curriculum is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) which from September 2020 the Government has made mandatory as part of statutory guidance. Parents and carers do have the right to withdraw students from RSE elements of the curriculum where alternative provision will be provided for those students on other aspects of Personal Development. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or the Senior Leadership Team with regards to the Relationships and Sex Education content. For further information regarding RSE in schools please refer to the government website.

Chris Still

Assistant Headteaacher

Civics and Character Education

September 2021

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