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Character Development

Introduction to the Team:
Mrs. S. Kaur – Curriculum Leader of Personal Development
Mr. C. Cooper – Assistant Curriculum Leader of Personal Development

Subject Aims/Intent:

Our OSCA values -  opportunity, scholarship, compassion, aspiration – are at the heart of Personal Development. As part of our responsibility to develop the holistic child we encourage OSCA students to explore, spiritual, moral, social and cultural ideas; so students can be self-reflective and have an understanding of local, national and global communities. OSCA students are also encouraged to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of British Values to enable them to play a full and active part in society. In addition to fostering a thirst for exploring political and social issues, students develop skills which enable them to critically weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. The programme of study at OSCA also prepares students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions. Students gain an awareness and understanding of the following key areas: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. By the time they leave year 11 our students will be able to make informed decisions with regard to their own health (including sexual health) and personal well-being whilst having regard for the well-being and rights of others. 

Subject Implementation:
What is Character Development? 

  • Character Development encompasses the following content:
  • Physical, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHEE)
  • Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Health Education
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development (SMSC)
  • British Values
  • Citizenship 
  • Character Education
  • During Character Development, students investigate a range of topics designed to be thought provoking, encourage debates and get students involved in voting. Students are encouraged to voice their opinions, whilst developing the ability to listen and respect other people's views.
  • Safeguarding link: Character Development raises student awareness of safeguarding issues. Places and people to seek for support are signposted regularly through sessions.

Who delivers Character Development?  

  • Character Development is delivered by Form Tutors and taught within discrete year groups from Year 7 through to Year 11. This allows for a bespoke teaching and learning environment where students can access age-appropriate learning material and teaching from experienced staff.
  • Tutor training is given prior to the delivery of Sex and Relationship Education modules (Delivered by BROOK). Individual advice and support is also available.

How is Character Development delivered? 

  • Character Development is delivered 1 hour per week
  • Plus, additional opportunities across the curriculum and enrichment activities are provided to enhance students learning.
  • In addition, students attend house assemblies once a week.
  • Each session uses a variety of learning techniques which include videos, written tasks, class discussions and self-reflection.
  • Resources have been created in collaboration with a number of approved sources: PSHE Association, BROOK and DECCA, to name but a few. This ensures that students receive a balanced and age- appropriate curriculum which provides the most up-to-date accurate information and guidance.
  • In addition to this, consideration of content from different religious and non-religious perspectives have been taken into account to ensure a balanced point of view and a clear emphasis on respect and tolerance for all.



Coverage of Personal Development - RSE & Health Education / Citizenship / CEIAG







Relationships Education

Students learn about:

· Different types of family units

· Marriage, civil partnerships and other long term relationships

· How to form positive friendships


· Peer pressure

· Domestic conflicts

· Grooming

· Anti-racism

· Homophobia

· LGBT+ Rights


· Domestic violence

· Drugs and alcohol abuse


· Sexism & Gender inequality

· Revenge Porn

· Harassment & Stalking

· Parenting

· Forced and arranged marriages

· Same sex relationships

· Hate crime inc gender and trans gender

· Gangs and Countylines


· Types of relationships

· Break ups

· Body shaming

· Identity and diversity

· Multiculturalism

· Overt and Covert racism

· Extremism

· Radicalisation

· Staying safe on and off line

Sex Education

Students learn about:

· Falling in love

· Safety online


· Sexting

· Pornography

· Body image

· Teen pregnancy

· Miscarriages

· Parenting


· Child Sexual Exploitation

· Puberty (BROOK)

· Consent (BROOK)



· Sex for the first time

· Condoms & contraception (BROOK)




· Fertility

· Reproductive health

· Chem Sex

· Consent

· Rape



Students earn about:

· Personal hygiene

· Dental hygiene

· Obesity

· Diabetes

· Smoke Free Lives (DECCA)

· Depression.

· Anger management

· Resilience

· Healthy Living

· Road safety


· Personal Safety

· First Aid inc. purpose of defibrillators

· Smoking and vaping

· Drugs awareness

· Cancer awareness

· Mindfulness

· Emotional literacy

· Self-awareness

· Self confidence

· Independent learners


· Alcohol awareness

· Drugs and the law

· Responsible health

· Sleep health

· Eating disorders

· Body image

· Dealing with anxiety

· Dealing with stress

· Growth mindsets


· Binge Drinking

· Obesity

· Cancer awareness

· First Aid inc. CPR & refresher on purpose of defibrillators

· Managing change

· Happiness and positivity

· Risk taking

· Self-harm

· Gambling and online gaming



SMSC & British Values


Students will learn about:

· Identity

· Anti-bullying & Online Safety

· Diversity

· Global Awareness

· Aspirations & Resilience

· Finance – savings and financial transactions







· Aspirations & Independent Learners

· Our Society

· Anti-bullying & British Values

· Prejudice and Discrimination

· Global Awareness

· Charity – Cancer Awareness

· Finance – budgeting, income and TAX

· Aspirations & Growth Mindsets

· Diverse Communities

· Anti-bullying & Emotional Wellbeing

· Equality & Human Rights

· Global Awareness

· The Law and Your Rights & Knife Crime

· Environmental Awareness

· Finance – Debt


· Aspirations & Study Skills

· Community Cohesion

· Anti-bullying & The Law

· Tacking Discrimination

· Crime & British Law

· Global Awareness

· Society

· Careers

· Mock Interviews

· Aspirations & Positivity

· Individual Identity

· Anti-bullying & Multiculturalism

· Discrimination and Prejudice

· Global Awareness




  • Termly skills evaluation
  • Self-evaluation 
  • Group discussions
  • Class debates
  • Voting
  • Self-reflection
  • Differentiated questioning
  • Matching definitions
  • Display pieces

    Once every two weeks.

    Extra- Curricular, Curriculum experiences: 

    Animal Man visits Year 7 “Eco-Awareness”.


    Students get involved in Enterprise Day Challenge – “Healthy Living” 

    Winners of the Tourism Challenge 




    Olivia Gall delights OSCA students, staff and the community, after winning the elections and gaining a coveted seat as a member of the UK Youth Parliament.  





Useful subject specific links/Further reading/learning/Support and Guidance:



  • R. Maiden – Deputies Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
  • R.Abbey - First Aid
  • S.Kaur –  Curriculum Leader of Personal Development
  • C.Cooper – Assistant Curriculum Leader of Personal Development