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Citizenship- Beyond the Academic

What is personal development?

Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and helps a person engage in society, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realisation of dreams and aspirations. 

Our Intent

Our intent at Brighter Futures Academy Trust prepares our pupils for their adult lives, teaching them to understand how to engage with society and providing them with plentiful opportunities to do so.

We believe that every pupil is unique and that our school is in a prime position to support our pupils personal development and develop character. We have a dedicated team who work tirelessly to ensure every pupil receives the best support. In essence to make them good citizens. 

Our personal development curriculum develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. They also learn the skills of active citizenship. Teaching is brought to life using real issues that are relevant to the children at school or in the wider community/nationally.



What character traits are important to us?

In supporting children to become active citizens the development of their character is key. There are hundreds of character traits that make a person unique. As a school community we have identified six character traits that are important to us and that we want to develop in our children in order to prepare them for adult life and support them in becoming active citizens.

Our school community have chosen  six key character traits. We believe will enable pupils to become active citizens. 


Why is motivation important to us?

Motivation is an important life skill. The reason it's important is because every person on this earth is unique and has a purpose. To steward your purpose well, you have to be motivated to work towards your goals which helps your dreams become a reality.



Why is integrity important to us?

Integrity means following your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing in all the time, even if no one is watching you. Having integrity means you are true to yourself and would do nothing that demeans or dishonours you.



Why is respect important to us?

Receiving respect from others is important because it helps us to feel safe and to express ourselves. Being respected by important people in our lives growing up teaches us how to be respectful toward others. ... Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and well-being.



Why is reflectivity important to us?

Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future.


Open Mindedness

Why is open mindedness important to us?

The quality of being willing to consider ideas and opinions that are now new or different to your own. 



Why is resilience important to us?

It's what enables children to emerge from challenging experiences with a positive sense of themselves and their futures. Children who develop resilience are better able to face disappointment, learn from failure, cope with loss, and adapt to change.

The acronym of MIRROR is used to encourage children  to look at themselves and reflect on what they see. 


The Curriculum

At the core of our personal development curriculum sits out new PHSE curriculum where children are taught about how to manage themselves, relationships, how to keep safe and how to become a good citizen. The children are then provided with ample opportunities to put their learning in to practice during everyday school life.