Personal Development Overview

We recognise that the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. We recognise that the curriculum is the entirety of learning opportunities offered to students both inside and outside the classroom.

The East Manchester Academy recognises that the curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational. We recognise that the curriculum is the entirety of learning opportunities offered to students both inside and outside the classroom.

We aim to provide our students with a broad range of opportunities to enable them to develop their individual talents and broader character. We aim to develop students as active global students with the skills, abilities and attributes to contribute positively to their communities. We aim to remove barriers to participation to ensure an equity of offer for all students.

Personal Development Faculty Vision

Our curriculum offer seeks to promote a passion for Personal Development within all students at TEMA. We have ensured that pupils at The East Manchester Academy are exposed to a rigorous and research led model for Personal Development which is guided by organisations such as Kids of Colour and the PHSE Association. We will work to attain recognition for the quality of our curriculum through the acquisition of kitemarks such as Stonewall Champion, the IAG Award, ACT Citizenship Award and the Rainbow Flag Award. TEMA students will be encouraged to partake in opportunities such as Youth Parliament and Debate Mate.

Student development is nurtured and will build year on year; capitalising on what students should already have studied at Key Stages 1 and 2. It is our goal to promote and progress life skills in all our students, which will cultivate our TEMA values, so that our students are thoroughly prepared for life in modern Britain. We aim to educate students who will be responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults. We want our students to be alert to current affairs and be diligent in their appetite for challenge and who value their Personal Development curriculum. Personal Development will broaden our students understanding of fundamental British values; democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance.

Personal Development will enlighten students so that they behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. Within Personal Development we want our students to develop so that they possess confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally and physically healthy. We will provide a curriculum that is broad and varied and accessible to all learners and which considers the individuality of our students and their context. We will achieve this through our dedication to embracing new ideas and ensuring that our curriculum and teaching styles are constantly developed and honed. We will seek to instil in students an expectation of achieving beyond expectations through the challenge built into lessons. We will ensure that we will share our love of Personal Development both within and beyond the classroom by having an open discussion about contextual factors affecting topics of study.

Through Personal Development, students will know that we can all thrive together and our students will gain thorough understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique. TEMA students will enjoy an inclusive environment and will strive to ensure that all members of the TEMA community, irrespective of age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief, sex, sexual orientation or size feel welcomed and valued. Personal Development will equip our students with the abilities to recognise online and offline risks to their well-being and make them aware of the support available to them. We develop our students’ readiness for the next phase of education, training or employment so that TEMA students are equipped to make their transition successful. This will be due to our effective careers programme which will offer all TEMA students unbiased careers advice, work experience and an understanding of what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire.

Personal Development will provide opportunities for educational trips to explore different parts of our curriculum. Personal Development will embed our TEMA values so that our students are proficient in displaying REACH as a matter of daily habit:

  • Respect
    We show respect for all other people and recognise our common humanity.
  • Equality
    We ensure all members of our community are treated equitably.
  • Ambition
    We expect the best from ourselves. We have ambition and will not let ourselves be limited.
  • Care
    We show empathy and kindness to others.
  • Hard work
    We are prepared to work hard to achieve our dreams.
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