Our Personal Development Education supports the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens. It aims to promote personal, social and moral responsibility and to develop the ability to use information to make clear and skilled choices in regards to decision-making, communication and relationships.
Brent River Collegeaims to provide high quality, personalised learning programmes that re-engage students with education and enable them to make positive and well informed choices.
We acknowledge that our students face a range of external challenges and significant barriers to learning, often have low self-esteem and confidence when they join the school. We believe that our students are entitled to excellent Personal Development provision which will help them develop resilience, perseverance and an awareness of how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Our personal development provision has a focus on our school values of Belief, Respect, Integrity, Vision, Excellence and Responsibility. We believe that these values are the keys to success for our students.
We ensure that the fundamental British values are strongly embedded and promoted through our school ethos, our development of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects, our PSHEE whole-school approach and through everyday aspects of school life.
Equality of opportunity and inclusion are of paramount importance throughout all of our provision. Developing an understanding of diversity and difference is core to our work. We believe that people are of equal value and within the school should have equal opportunities. Equal opportunity is not about treating everybody the same, people are individuals and therefore different. Equal opportunity is about recognising different needs and contributions, meeting these needs and appreciating these contributions.
Promoting student participation and engagement is a high priority for Brent River College. We are committed to involving our students in a wide range of activities to find their strengths, interests and passions. We aim to engage our students in their education and activities both inside and outside of school. This will provide a purposeful pathway and an alternative to negative influences. We aim to engage our students and ensure that they value attending our school, in order to develop the skills and attain the qualifications, to encourage them to take advantage of educational opportunities later in life.
Our provision for our students’ personal development is extensive and varied, some of which is for all and we then personalise provision when students have particular needs. We have a wide range of interventions for both groups and individuals. These are flexible and designed to meet the needs of the students.
Our policy aims to detail our school’s approach to provide a coherent and co-ordinated provision.
Our policy should be read in conjunction with other policies including our Equalities, Anti-Bullying, Safeguarding and Whistle blowing, R.E., Sex and Relationship Policy, Economic Well Being and Drugs Education and Incidents. There is a strong link to our Support, Therapy and Multi-Agency Policy, which includes our support systems for Social, Emotional and Mental Health, Contextual Safeguarding and Multi-Agency working.