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Personal Development

Personal Development at the Parker

As the Personal Development Lead here at The Parker E-ACT Academy, I have strategic oversight for all aspects of PSHRE / RHSE, British Values & Equality, Our SMSC provision and CEIAG. Driving forward our academies belief in educating the whole child, and allowing them to understand the wider world and their place within it.

Although the teaching of RSE (Relationship & Sex Education) become statutory in 2020 this is something we have been doing for a long time at The Parker Academy, with a comprehensive Personal Development programme that goes far beyond these requirements to provide what we know our students need to explore the world they live in. This is Supplemented by a range of whole school events, a vibrant enrichment programme and additional opportunities for students to engage with outside school

That is because it’s our mission to ensure the next generation of Parker students are ready to make a positive contribution to their community, are fully active citizens of the UK and can make smart, informed choices.

Should you have any questions, or comments about any information on this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or any of the team


Andrew Dunkley

Personal Development Lead


Our Key areas of focus as an academy

  • Safeguarding, online safety, safe use of substances, making smart choices, positive interactions and protective behaviours
  • Being an active citizen (Democracy, participation in the justice system, taxation, our rights and responsibilities, the role of the UK in the global world and how our country works)
  • Understanding faith, diversity and cultures (through a study of religion)
  • Understanding the diversity of the human race, and promoting acceptance (LGBTQ+, multiculturalism, gender, disability and identity as individuals)
  • Promoting our fundamental British values
  • Understanding the impact of our decisions and behaviour


How is PSHRE delivered

  • Students have a 30-minute PSHRE slot every week as part of their tutor programme. This links in with the broader theme of the week, introduced with an assembly.
  • We also have half termly drop-down days, allowing students to explore key issues they may face as they move through school and become active members of society.

This collectively includes some 49 hours of curriculum time over the course of the school year, which we feel is necessary to ensure we have the time to fully reflect and explore these topics with our students.


Our Junior Leadership Team

In May 2021 we ran our latest election for the Junior Leadership team to allow the student body to select their 8 representatives. These students are involved in a broad range of in school events, and attend meetings twice a term to input into the responsibility area of each member of our Senior Leadership team. They are supported in this role by a team of tutor reps of whom meet with the relevant Head of Year on a termly basis to provide general student voice.


Further information

Attached on this page you will be able to find an overview of Personal Development Overview Document, in addition to timetables for our upcoming drop-down days and our tutor schedules. Our curriculum is subject to ongoing review to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our cohort and we will continue to update this page with the latest information moving forward


Information on our upcoming Drop Down Day

Drop Down Day Timetable – Wed 15th Dec

Letter to Parents

Letter to Parents

Personal Development Plan

Personal Development Overview 21-22



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