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Character Education


Character has four key aspects, as defined by the Department for Education (DfE, 2019):

  • The ability to remain motivated by long-term goals
  • The acquisition of social confidence and the ability to make points or arguments clearly and constructively
  • The learning and habituation of positive moral attributes
  • An appreciation of the importance of long-term commitments which frame the successful and fulfilled life.

We are committed to:

  • Developing well-educated and rounded young adults ready to take their place in the world
  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils and preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Promoting good behaviour and positive character traits
  • Fostering good mental wellbeing among young people so that they can fulfil their potential at school and are well prepared for adult life.

This is facilitated through:

  • The Personal Development programme (including the Personal Development Curriculum, Student Leadership and Student Voice, assemblies and Enrichment opportunities)
  • Subject curricula, including the opportunities for team work developed within PE and for creativity within Art, Drama and Music
  • Oracy, within the Personal Development and subject curricula, enabling the acquisition of social confidence and the ability to make points clearly and constructively
  • Enrichment opportunities including involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the National Citizens’ Service
  • The academy’s Behaviour and Welfare Policy which sets out explicit behaviour expectations in terms of the Code of Conduct and Attitude to Learning thus ensuring a positive and co-operative learning environment.

The Personal Development programme promotes the development of resilient, responsible respectful and kind students through the BVGA Characteristics.

The BVGA Characteristics are:

  • Aiming high
  • Teamwork
  • Independence
  • Creativity

The Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development) is responsible for the whole-school evaluation of the effectiveness of Character Education is supported by the academy’s QA processes. The Assistant Headteacher benchmarks Character Education against DfE criteria on a termly basis.