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What is character (personal) development?

It is described in the current Ofsted inspection framework as:

  • the school’s curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. It provides for learners’ broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents
  • the curriculum and the school’s wider work support learners to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy
  • at each stage of education, the school prepares learners for future success in their next steps
  • the school prepares learners for life in modern Britain by:
    • equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society
    • developing their understanding of fundamental British values and appreciation of diversity
    • celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.

'Whether you think you can, or you can't, you're probably right.' - Henry Ford

Our approach to personal and character development: myHappymind

Our Character & Personal Development Curriculum Mapping

ATP's Personal Development Curriculum Map

N.B We are currently impliamenting 'myHappymind' and transitioning from our previous program of learning - 'Heart Smart'


This term's anthems are 'Count on me' by Bruno Mars & Let Love Shine Through

Additional school songs include:

Little People Big Dreams

Our children share this wonderful series of biographical picture books in classes, assemblies and winthin our library' that inspire and encourage ambition.

'Inspiring stories of outstanding people'

The Guardian


Our children share in stories that help them to regulate their own behaviour

Songs for this term

Preparing our pupils for modern life in Britain

This Term's British Value is Perseverence and Self Belief

A whole school approach to tackle homophobic language and encourage acceptance of differences:

Stonewall Reources

Personal Development

What does Personal & Character Development Look Like?

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