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Personal Development

The Personal Development programme at Merrill Academy is organised around four core strands for all students.

• Careers

• Health and Well Being

• Living in the Wider Community (Incorporating British Values of Democracy (BV1), Rule of Law (BV2), Individual Liberty(BV3) and Mutual Respect and tolerance (BV4))

• Relationships


There are additional strands at the different Key stages:


• Literacy

• Skills Builder


• Study Skills

• RE


The intention of the programme is to enable our students to become well informed, resilient, empathic and confident young people; whilst covering the statutory frameworks laid out by the DfE.


The personal development programme is taught during 30 minute tutor sessions, three times a week, in horizontal year tutor groups. The tutor programme is arranged into short units of learning, which include some form of assessment activity to enable students and tutors to see the progress made.  It is supplemented with a weekly Year group assembly and drop down events though out the year, which are organised by year group.


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