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Personal Development

Personal Development lessons at Braunton Academy engage students in learning about PSHEE and Citizenship.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education includes statutory Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, Finance Education and Careers Education.

At Key Stage 3 students are taught in their learning group for 1 lesson per week.

At Key Stage 4 students are taught in mixed ability groups for 1 lesson per fortnight.

The teaching of Personal Development is complemented by Tutor time activities, Theme of the Week, additional events including speakers and trips, and all Curriculum areas.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Curriculum


As part of your child’s Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education you have the right as a Parent/Carer to withdraw your child from some Sex Education lessons.

Please see the guidance below:-

Right to withdraw your child

You cannot withdraw your child from Health Education or the Relationships Education element of Relationships and Sex Education, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.

If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the Sex Education lessons delivered at secondary, you can ask that they are withdrawn. Your child’s head teacher will consider this request and discuss it with you, and will grant this in all but exceptional circumstances, up until three school terms before your child turns 16. At this age, your child can choose to receive Sex Education if they would like to, and the school should arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

If your child’s school is planning to teach these subjects from September 2019, your right to withdraw your child from Sex Education will be governed by the current legislation and so is absolute for the 2019/20 academic year – your child cannot opt in, and the head teacher will not overrule this request. This will remain the case until September 2020, when the new subjects will become compulsory and the new right to withdraw provisions will apply.

The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, which there is no right to withdraw from.

Braunton Academy RSE and Health Education Policy

Parent year 10 letter



Theme of The Week is based on key qualities, attributes and events that will contribute to our students’ development. It helps to raise their awareness, entice curiosity, provide challenge and engage interest in the world around them.  Students are involved in the selection of topics that are the Theme of the Week.  Theme of the Week is delivered by Tutors in morning registration.

The Theme of the Week for 2023 - 2024 will be based on 'What's Happening in the News?'



With terms like ‘global village’, ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘globalisation’ being heard more and more often, the subject of Citizenship has taken greater importance within the curriculum. So what, exactly, does it entail?

In short, Citizenship empowers students to develop understanding about the ever-changing society they live in, and gives them the skills to play their part in this society – the UK – through the study of its political, cultural and legal systems.

At Braunton Academy, we arm our students to become better citizens – both in a theoretical and practical sense. Pupils don’t just acquire knowledge of how society works, but gain experience in community volunteering activities, managing personal and group budgets, and cultural events such as We Day – which is attended by youngsters from all over the world.

Above all, Citizenship’s aim is to give students a sense of ‘who they are’, and their place in a growing country within a wider, increasingly-connected world.

Key Stage 3

Students are taught:

  • How the political system of the UK has developed as a democracy, including the role of the monarchy, the development of our constitution and Parliament, and how democracy is different from other forms of government

  • The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

  • The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the UK, and why these privileges are the envy of the world

  • The nature and development of rules and laws, and the difference between criminal and civil law

  • The justice system, including the role of the police, and how courts and tribunals work

  • The functions and uses of money, the importance of personal budgeting, money management, and a range of financial products and services.

  • How to organise an Active Citizenship project, based on either volunteering or fundraising


Key Stage 4

Students are taught:

  • parliamentary democracy, including the role of Parliament in holding governments to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary

  • the different electoral systems used in and beyond the UK, and  actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond

  • other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the UK

  • local, regional and international governance and the UK’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth and the wider world

  • diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the UK, and the need for mutual respect and understanding

  • the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering

  • wages, taxes, credit, debt, financial risk and a range of more sophisticated financial products and services


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Local Democracy Week

An opportunity to meet with local councillors and voice the concerns of young people


Year 8

Active Citizenship Project

A six week project in groups based on volunteering or fundraising. Students also keep a blog of their progress, enhancing their computing skills.

June & July

Year 8

Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial

A lunchtime/after school club to put together the prosecution/defence of a mock criminal case, tried in real Magistrates court.


Year 9

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Award based on Skills, Volunteering and Physical Development. A Residential and an Expedition must also be undertaken.

All Year

Year 10 & 11

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development in Citizenship


·        Settling into School Project - Year 7

·        The Island Project – Year 7 Rights and      

          Responsibilities Unit

·        Diversity and the Media Unit – Year 11

·        Self/Peer Assessments used after group work


·        Rights and Responsibilities

·        Making economic decisions for the good of the

         community and wider society

·        The importance of the right to vote


·        Group work opportunities throughout KS3 and


·        Participating in a variety of social settings, eg.

         Local Democracy Week with local councillors

·        Handling Conflict Unit - Year 8

·        Mock Trial


·        Looking at why people might want to live in

         Britain – precious liberties

·        Diversity and the Media Unit – Year 11

Promoting British Values

The DfE have recently reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigourous expectation on all the schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 'Prevent Strategy', and these values were reiterated in 2015. At Braunton Academy these values are constantly reinforced: we keep an audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.


At Braunton Academy, the students have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have detailed Academy and House councils which meet regularly to discuss issues raised by either the students or staff in the Tutor Group meetings. The Academy Council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the Academy. Please see the ’Student Voice’ page in the‘Student’ section of our website.

The Academy provides a bi-annual independent questionnaire (Kirkland Rowell) in which students are able to put forward their personal views about the Academy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the classes, the Academy, or our country are constantly reinforced throughout our regular school day, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through Academy assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from and positive relationships with a wide variety of authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual liberty

Within the Academy, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As an academy we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example, through our E safety and PSHEE lessons. Whether it be through the choice of a learning challenge, of how they record information, of participation in numerous extracurricular clubs and opportunities, students are always given the freedom to make choices.


Mutual respect

Our Academy respects the rights of others; mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have aneffect on their own rights and those of others. All members of our community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Braunton Academy is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse; therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with our students. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE, PSHE, and extracurricular teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the Academy. Students visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.

Braunton Academy will actively challenge our students, staff, or parents/carers who are found to be expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including extremist views.

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