Personal, Character and Wellbeing Curriculum
At Harris Academy Ockendon, we value personal growth alongside academic development therefore we prioritise time for personal and character development and wellbeing within our core curriculum offer for all students.
Harris Academy Ockendon offers an enriched pastoral character curriculum, ‘Be the best you can be’. Our character education includes all explicit and implicit educational activities that help young people develop positive personal virtues. At Harris Academy Ockendon our values of ambition, connected, discipline, honesty and resourcefulness are explored in a virtues framework to provide a coherent curriculum offering breadth and depth through years 7-11. Harris Academy Ockendon believe character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important in situations and how to act for the right reasons, so that they become more autonomous and reflective in the practice of virtue. In this process, students are encouraged to act well, think well and develop a good moral sense in the differing circumstances of students’ lives, knowing how to choose the right course of action in difficult situations and encourage a growth of ethical insight.
The ultimate aim of our character education is not only to make individuals better persons but to create the social and institutional conditions within which all citizens can flourish.
Throughout the programme of study, students will explore a range of age-related topics from three main strands; resilience, wellbeing and responsibility. This covers aspects of the SRE statutory curriculum as well as careers advice and guidance, diversity and equality and e-safety. A separate strand of leadership qualities and initiatives will be covered in each year group through the house system. Competitions and enterprises will occur throughout the course of a students’ learning journey ranging from sporting to develop teamwork, communication and problem solving to academic developing oracy along with lead roles of house captains and prefects.
The key themes of resilience, wellbeing and responsibility will be tracked by tutors through a variety of informal assessments throughout the year. Students will use a personal learning check list to monitor their own progress against key knowledge and the application of skills. Mindset will be monitored through half termly reviews of positive communication with all staff, house points, attitude to learning grades and behaviour logs.