Developing independence

Developing independence

Developing independence skills are an integral part of becoming active members of the community and supporting the ethos of lifelong learning. Here at Hope Wood Academy, supporting young people to develop independence skills is part of our core curriculum.

Below are some examples of how we do this.


Community citizens

The Young Leaders Award is a unique active citizenship programme, which empowers young people to make a difference in their local community whilst growing in key leadership skills at the same time.


Examples of content to be studied:

  • Discover the local community
  • Using public transport
  • Travelling to and from work
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Communication and team work
  • Coaching and mentoring others
  • Decision making and planning
  • Conflict resolution and managing others
  • Communication and presentation


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The aim of PSHE at Hope Wood Academy is to deliver a curriculum that is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child. At Hope Wood Academy, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We aim to develop the child’s skills and attributes including resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. We aim to help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and to make the most of opportunities throughout school.

Six key themes are taught on a yearly basis, which include:

  • Managing Feelings
  • Changing and Growing
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • The World I Live In
  • Self Awareness
  • Self-Care: Support and Safety.


Pupils in KS4 follow a carousel of PSHE, RSE(Outside the box) and CEIAG(Careers Education, Advice and Guidance).

For PSHE and CEIAG pupils follow an accredited pathway in Personal and Social education.

Examples of units include:

  • Personal action planning
  • Drugs education Sex and relationship education
  • Personal finance
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Making informed career choices
  • Applying for jobs and courses
  • Relationships: behaviour and practices in the workplace
  • Personal safety
  • Being a critical consumer
  • Introduction to diversity, prejudice and discrimination

The work covered throughout the school includes opportunities to link British Values and SMSC into the curriculum. The spiral curriculum throughout the school. The distribution of the lessons compliment key campaigns throughout the year such as Anti-bullying Week, Rights Respecting days, Cyberbullying awareness and other key dates during the year.

Pupils in 6th form revisit elements of the PSHE curriculum throughout their time in the academy on a more individual basis and in line with their PFA.