Character and Culture
‘We need to prepare students for a world we can’t envisage so when they are stuck with something they have never seen before they choose to think instead of remember’
- S and P Kenning (2019)
Character and Culture education at Acle Academy gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. Character and Culture is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future in an ever-changing society, to think critically and to reflect on their own morals and ethical viewpoints. These transferable skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work beyond the classroom in modern Britain. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, CC expose students to dilemmas and situations and aim to help pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. Pupils will be challenged to put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. High quality, sequenced, and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects will help prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The CC curriculum is accessible to all and that will challenge each student personally, to reflect on their own standpoint and being able to voice their opinion through reasoned justifications. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our pupils with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. The curriculum is planned in line with new statutory requirements for SRE and Health Education, as well as taking into account our local setting and the needs of our students, using real life examples from their surrounding to show relevance and context which the students can relate to. The PSHE elements of the CC curriculum is taught alongside the national curriculum for citizenship which aim to foster pupils’ awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld, how to manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.. As well as providing religious education in line with the Norfolk Locally Agreed Syllabus, which aims to promote and ‘understanding religion and worldviews for a life in a changing world’. Teaching will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments, in order to prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.
Learning Journey's for Character and Culture coming soon. For now, please see our curriculum maps below.
The schemes of learning found below provide an insight into each individual unit within the learning journey.
You will be aware that, as a part of your child’s educational experience at Acle Academy, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. This is delivered through the Character and Culture curriculum.
The Department for Education is making Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education for secondary pupils a statutory requirement for school from September 2020. At Acle Academy, most of the new curriculum expectations are already part of our school’s Character and Culture curriculum, and all teaching of RSE takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for students to ask questions in order to prepare them for relationships in the modern world.
In June 2019, the DfE published “relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education” (June 2019). This guidance:
- Makes it compulsory for all schools to have an RSE Policy and to consult parents and carers in the development of that policy
- Sets out the topics that need to be taught to students by the end of secondary schools
- Makes changes to the right of parents or carers to withdraw their child from the elements of sex education that are not taught as part of the compulsory national science curriculum.
The new requirements formalise expectations but don’t make any significant changes to what we already teach our students here at Acle Academy, as many of the topics required by the DfE are already covered in our Character and Culture curriculum, and in other subjects. We have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum reflects our values of equality, inclusion and respect, the age and maturity levels of our students, and what students need to know to be healthy and safe in their personal relationships and in the wider world.
As part of the statutory process we would like to invite you to take part in a parental consultation. Please find our current RSE Policy, the DfE requirements, Parental Information with regards to RSHE, and Acle Academy’s Character and Culture curriculum overview. As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents, and we value your feedback, so we invite you to complete the survey below, by July 20th 2020.
If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, please feel free to contact us directly. Please also refer to the DfE frequently asked questions page that may provide some insight.