Charlton School

At Charlton we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Character Education and PSHE programme. PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. Character Education is a wider umbrella term which helps students build Character, the knowledge here is underpinned by our core school values and virtues including Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. Through fortnightly dedicated personal development lessons, tutor time and curriculum enhancement days students take part in a well-planned and sequenced programme to ensure they are committing age appropriate knowledge to memory. Students are encouraged to develop their individual character, learn how to stay safe and healthy and develop knowledge to ensure they are well equipped for the Future.


Personal development is at the heart of our whole school ethos. We ensure each area of the personal development curriculum delivers all aspects of the statutory guidance and reflects our specific needs as a school community. We have dedicated leaders for each of the key areas of the personal development curriculum; SMSC and British Values, PSHE and RSE, Emotional Health and Wellbeing, and Careers. The curriculum leads ensure that planning is engaging and well sequenced as part of the holistic personal development curriculum and provide training for non-specialist members of staff to ensure that all students get the very best we have to offer.


SMSC and British Values

The purpose of social, moral, spiritual and cultural development at Charlton is to enable our students to develop and demonstrate British values by participating in the democratic life of our school, community and country. Encouraging individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for others whilst supporting the rule of law enables them to gain the most from the wide range of experiences and opportunities on offer at Charlton and to be well prepared for adult life as citizens of the UK.


Our whole school ethos is designed to promote British Values; Relationships between staff and students are based on our core values, respect, responsibility and resilience and clearly stated standards of behaviour are upheld by all members of the school community. We celebrate our differences and show respect, students understand and develop their role as active and responsible citizens and are equipped with the skills to challenge discrimination. We have well established links with our local community and view partnerships with the learning community trust, wider community partners and our families as central to our success. Our ethos is built around three core values: Respect, responsibility and resilience. We expect all members of the Charlton community to exhibit these values at all times. Underpinning our vision and values are our shared character virtues:


Gratitude: Feeling and expressing thanks.

Compassion: Exhibiting care and concern for others.

Humility: Estimating oneself within reasonable limits.

Justice: Acting with fairness towards others by honouring rights and responsibilities.

Courage: Acting with bravery in fearful situations.

Integrity: The quality of having strong moral principles and standing up for what you believe in.

Honesty: Being truthful and sincere.


Please see the SMSC policy for further information.