Personal Development at Edgbarrow School is built upon the foundations and vision of our school which promotes “academic excellence, mutual respect and a sense of community within a vibrant, purposeful working environment, enabling all individuals to develop their talents and acquire skills for life” – and its key values of Ready, Respectful, Safe and Positive. These values underpin our schools’ culture and everyday school experience from the Edgbarrow Eight within the curriculum to pastoral care.
We also actively promote and develop students' understanding and appreciation for the five core British Values - tolerance, rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect.
Edgbarrow believes in the holistic development of its students, offering them more chances so they have more choices in the future. We want all our students to take these opportunities.
Our Personal Development curriculum goes beyond the national curriculum. It offers unique learning experiences which provide students with enriched Cultural Capital. By offering a varied and diverse set of experiences, we help to prepare students for the culturally diverse nature of the society in which we live.
Edgbarrow ensures students are resilient, ambitious and reflective learners, with a deep understanding of both themselves and any other cultural context. Edgbarrow intends to ensure, through a broad and balanced curriculum, with extensive enrichment opportunities, that students develop key skills to be actively engaged independent learners with confident interpersonal skills.
To meet our personal development intention, we implement a curriculum for students to have significant chances to learn and actively engage in five key areas:
- SMSC - PSHE/Citizenship
- Character Education
- Cultural Capital opportunities
- British Values
- Careers and Work-related Learning
You can find more detail on each of these areas below. The Personal Development curriculum is developed in line with both statutory guidance and The PSHE Association's recommended curriculum.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development including PSHE and Citizenship
SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum and pastoral care at Edgbarrow. SMSC development is seen every day via the Year Head and tutor team's work and weekly in the assemblies' themes. PSHE is delivered weekly and week B and the assemblies reinforce the theme of the Friday lesson.
Students embed the core values of Edgbarrow and are taught to be mindful and respectful of one another’s views, demonstrating tolerance to differences in opinions. We encourage students to be reflective learners, showing ambition and a thirst for learning to improve as individuals, whilst having pride in their work and environment. This enables them to develop holistically and become active participants in modern British life. This is a real strength of Edgbarrow and is embedded in the pastoral system throughout tutor time, enrichment days, educational visits, student leadership teams, peer mentor programme and assemblies. Students reflect on the difference between right and wrong, and they are equipped to apply reasoning and critical thinking skills to their own lives, based on their moral compass. Our Behaviour Policy ensures students reflect on their own decision making and choices.
To promote and embed SMSC, curriculum departments play a significant role to uphold Edgbarrow's key values and understanding of SMSC. A shared language for learning and attitudes is provided by Ready Respectful Safe and Positive and Edgbarrow Eight.
Developing the whole person so students are equipped for life is key to Edgbarrow and Character Education drives this aim. It is integrated within the school and tracked via the pastoral team. Edgbarrow strives to ensure it is fully inclusive for all students and that all students are challenged to consider their own development. This is initially developed in the tutor group system from Year 7, where students are encouraged to have loyalty and determination to ensure the success of their tutor group. These relationships are built within a rolling year group system and ensure strong relationships are built amongst peers and Head of Year and Tutor. Within this safe space, students develop the characteristics of service, community, resilience, bravery empathy, and support. These characteristics are developed within their learning, through the range of teaching and pedagogical strategies used.
Students develop their character at Edgbarrow in several ways including:
- Inter-form competitions
- Tour Guides
- Young Enterprise at the PTA Christmas Shopping Evening
- Peer Mentors
- Form Reps and Student Council
- Public speaking
- Charity Events
Students choices in later life are greatly improved with the greater Cultural Capital they are exposed to; therefore, part of the Personal Development program at Edgbarrow, is to ensure that all students are offered a range of enrichment activities. The activities are designed to develop a thirst for learning, passion for the local and global environment, arts and cultures. They will help develop students’ character by being ambitious, and challenging their resilience so they are equipped for life experiences once they leave us, such as further education and the world of work. These are some of the Cultural capital opportunities at Edgbarrow:
- Day and Residential Trips
- Extracurricular clubs including sports, cooking, science, drama and music
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Careers curriculum
Duke of Edinburgh
The Academy is incredibly proud to off the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, offering Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels to all students from Year 9 through to Year 13.
The DofE award is a highly prestigious extracurricular programme that is recognised around the world for developing a huge range of interpersonal and interpersonal skills amongst participants – incredibly valuable for future study and employment.
Over the past three years, more than 200 students have participated in the DofE Award, completing activities in the volunteering, physical, and skills sections, as well as completing a self-sufficient expedition. It provides students with a life-changing opportunity to engage in experiences that challenge them, enhancing their skills in leadership, resilience, cooperation, teamwork, communication, and confidence.
As part of the Personal Development programme, Edgbarrow is committed to developing young people to be respectful, responsible and purposeful citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen, community member and global consumer. They are taught about the key values through the curriculum areas and pastoral system:-
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
These are some of the opportunities at Edgbarrow that celebrate British Values:
- Student Elections
- LGBTQ+ group
Careers and Work-Related Learning
The final strand of Personal Development is Careers and Work-Related Learning. Closely following the Gatsby Benchmarks, every year group has a specific work-related learning curriculum and enrichment opportunities. These enrich the student’s knowledge of local and global businesses and support them to consider their next steps vital for Year 9 Options, Year 11s and Year 13 Post Education choices.