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Personal Development

At Acre View, staff, governors, children and parents work together in partnership to create a warm, caring, family atmosphere in which all pupils flourish and achieve. Personal development is at the heart of all that we do. We develop outward looking pupils who have the tools to communicate effectively and have a strong understanding of themselves, the wider community and the wider world. A range of additional opportunities enrich learning taught from Year 1 and through to Year 6. We help pupils develop their own character, to know that individual differences should be valued, to be resilient, reflective, to have empathy and respect for one another.

Through our taught curriculum for Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RHSE), we teach pupils to recognise and manage online and offline risks. We teach them about healthy relationships and that sexual harassment of any kind is not tolerated. Our personal development curriculum supports pupils to be ready for their next stage in education, it weaves its way through every part of what we do.

At Acre View Primary School, it is the responsibility of our school to develop and prepare children for the wider world and the ever-changing challenges that they will encounter. Our commitment to personal development has led to planned provision which intertwines PSHE, Relationship and Health Education, SMSC and British Values. It is our intent to develop children that are confident communicators, that show tolerance and respect and to prepare them for the next step in their life journey. Our school vision and curriculum ensure that children are inquisitive, understand the world around them and value and respect others.


Our children develop their social, emotional, mental and physical health through our PSHE programme. Please see our PSHE curriculum page for more information.

Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

At Acre View Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos. Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health.  It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSHE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.

The aims of relationship and sex education (RSHE) at our school are to:

  • Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
  • Teach children the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
  • Develop confidence in talking about feelings and relationships
  • Help children develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
  • Have the confidence and self-esteem to value themselves and others
  • Prepare children for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
  • Create a positive culture around issues of relationships and sexuality
  • Understand about the diverse range of different relationships, and families, and their importance for the care and support of children
  • Behave responsibly within relationships
  • Be able to recognise unsafe situations and be able to protect themselves and ask for help and support
  • Understand the role of the media in forming attitudes
  • Understand that offence can be caused by the use of sexual terms as an insult

RSHE is taught within our PSHE Curriculum. Please see our PSHE curriculum page for more information.

Building Cultural Capital

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

 Cultural capital gives power. It helps children achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.

At Acre View Primary School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.

Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in nursery and beyond. These include trips to the local park, shops and visits to places of worship, museums, sports and music venues just to name a few

Developing Character

We believe that the development of character is the wider personal development of a child beyond the academic education, they receive at Acre View Primary School. It aims to instil in pupils a number of key characteristics and values such as kindness, resilience, honesty, motivation and humility, all of which will help them be successful, future citizens. At Acre view Primary School, developing character is part of our whole school culture and shown through our everyday routines, the behaviour of staff and pupils and the teaching and learning in our classrooms. Our character education framework is created through:

  • Whole School Culture - At Acre View Primary School there is a strong sense of pride and belonging which has been nurtured through shared values.
  • School behaviour - We promote respect and consideration of all our school community. Manners and courtesy are encouraged in every day interactions.
  • Our curriculum - Our carefully-sequenced, ambitious curriculum has been developed to teach our learners the knowledge and cultural capital which provide opportunities for them to flourish as modern British citizens.
  • Service to others - Through our school charity and assemblies, we promote service to others and the value of helping those who need it. Within our possibilities value, we learn about the roles that people play in society and the impact this has.
  • Promotion of equality and inclusion - all pupils at Acre View Primary School are valued for being 'special and unique'. Adaptions are made to enable all pupils to access our curricular and co-curricular offer and differences are celebrated.


Citizenship helps children develop as members of the school and local communities and to be concerned with such issues as right, wrong, responsibilities, equality and difference.  Citizenship is taught within our PSHE curriculum, our well being activities, our school values, school rules and pledges. Please see our Pledges page for more information.


At Acre View Primary School, Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) development underpins all aspects of our broad and balanced curriculum, therefore, enabling children to develop the skills and attitudes encapsulated in our values.

Our vision for SMSC is to raise the aspirations of our students by nurturing a passion for learning, enriching their learning experiences, providing the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in adult life, and enabling them to secure outcomes which exceed their expectations.  Please see our SMSC page for more information.

British Values

At Acre View Primary School, we aim to actively promote British values in our school to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This is embedded within SMSC. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

Please see our British Values page for more information.