Solihull Academy

Personal Development

The intention of the personal development curriculum is to ensure that all students are exposed to the key areas of development that they require to ensure that they are prepared for adult life and that they can be successful. This is underlined by our core aim to ensure that no student leaves Solihull Academy as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). We work with students to ensure that they receive individualised opportunities to support their needs, development and aspirations.

Students engaging with their personal development and future are also able to see the benefits of aiming high, meeting or exceeding baselines and recognise the importance of positive behaviour now, and for their future in the world of work.

We focus on a range of areas for development including:

Social Development

PHSE curriculum
Circle Time curriculum
Enrichment events
Student Voice – Student Reps
Circle of Friends
Family Time
Breakfast Club
Cross year sports clubs
Girls Group
1-1 Interventions
Life Skills (Year 9)
Awareness Raising Events (National Days, Weeks and Months)
Circle assemblies
Lunch time activities

Moral Development

Religions and Spirituality (PSHE curriculum)
Positive Behaviour Policy (Restorative Practice)
Contributions to local, national and international charities.
Guest Speakers and External Workshops
Circle time curriculum
Life Skills (Year 9)
Awareness Raising Events (National Days, Weeks and Months)
1-1 interventions/ group interventions
Circle assemblies

Spiritual Development

Religion and Spirituality (PSHE Curriculum)
Support for the expression of individual faiths
Guest Speakers and External Workshops
Circle time curriculum
Life Skills (Year 9)
Awareness Raising Events (National Days, Weeks and Months)
1-1 interventions/ counselling
Circle assemblies

Cultural Development

Guest Speakers and External Workshops
Life Skills (Year 9)
Awareness Raising Events (National Days, Weeks and Months)
PSHE Curriculum
Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum
Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos
Circle time curriculum
1-1 interventions/ group interventions
Circle assemblies

Physical Development

Physical Education curriculum
MK Gym Sessions
Armed Forces workshops
Lunchtime activities- Gym, sports
Healthy Eating and catering provision/ teaching
Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies
The health, drugs, alcohol, smoking and sex and relationships and elements of the PHSEE curriculum
Activities available for unstructured time, including lunch and break times
Food preparation and nutrition curriculum (PSHE)
Trips (E.g. Laser Tag)
Food Parcels and deliveries

Careers and Personal Development

 Careers and Information, advice and guidance curriculum
Personal Finance Education (PSHE based)
Employability skills
Personal, Social and Health Education Curriculum
Pastoral Support and Intervention
Transition support (including After Care and Alumni)
Work to develop confidence e.g. CV and interview skills workshops
Activities focused on building self-esteem

Mental Health & well-being provision
Counselling and 1-1 interventions
Youth worker and therapy dog sessions
Wellbeing activities and enrichment
Music and dance at lunch times
External agency support (Mentors, SISS)
Sensory room

Circle Time curriculum
Student Reps and Voice
Trips, Guest Speakers and Workshops
Vocational Provision

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive

 All subject areas promote elements of SMSC within their curriculum as part of the school’s overall approach to SMSC curriculum.


Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. Careers and Employability are key focuses of our school and our curriculum. We want our students to aim high and achieve their goals.  We work very hard to ensure that students get all the experiences to help them develop and be equipped for their futures.

Our personal development curriculum allows us to create bespoke opportunities to build on an individual’s cultural capital, linking to their needs, experiences and aspirations. This is an on-going process throughout the academic year, as opportunities present themselves we add more activities to the offer.

At Solihull Academy, we have also introduced a baseline to measure cultural capital experiences as a minimum for all students. Using the framework created by Every Child Should we create further opportunities to develop a student’s skills, knowledge and provide experiences to broaden their horizons.
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