Character Education

 

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Subject Leader: Mrs K Wren 

Subject Leader Email Address: kimberly.wren@swale.at

 

Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

Subject Overview

Character Education underpins the wider school curriculum so that our students can truly be ‘Empowered through Learning’. Students will deepen their own understanding of the six core character traits: love of life and learning, resilience, honesty, courage, self-discipline and kindness, and learn how to embrace and develop them so that they are ready, at the end of school, to move on to a happy and successful adult life. They will gain the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build self-efficacy. 

Year 7

In Year 7, students will start to think about their own lives and their place in the world. They will study  relationships, healthy living, similarities and differences, and dreams and goals. They will begin to develop their reflection skills and learn how to use these in a variety of situations. To support wellbeing, students will also learn mindfulness skills.

Year 8

In Year 8, students will build on the learning from Year 7, whilst also considering how their personal beliefs and actions can impact on others. There is a focus on resilience and how students can develop resilience in all areas of their lives.

Year 9

In Year 9, students will study different types of relationships in more depth. They will learn more about mental health, and how difficulties with mental health can affect young people and those around them. They will have the opportunity to develop empathy and critical thinking skills.

Year 10

In Year 10, students will look at equality in relationships and the workplace. As students begin their GCSE courses, they will focus on the impact of change and consider how they will manage the challenges ahead. In preparation for life beyond school, they will develop teamwork and communication skills.

Year 11

Year 11 is a difficult year for all students and the Character Education curriculum takes this into account. Students will receive guidance in their choices for the next stage of their lives; they will have support to help them deal with examination stress and personal mental health and well being. There is also a focus on practical knowledge, such as finance and living independently.