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Personal Development

Personal Development is about developing all students into responsible and respectful British citizens. At Chessbrook, we provide for students’ broader development to enable them to develop and discover their interests and talents.
Our goal is to support students to develop their character by raising their self-confidence and by giving them opportunities to work on their independence skills. This in turn will enable them to be resilient as they move on to the next stage of their life. The philosophy at Chessbrook is to take our students on a journey to prepare them for life in modern Britain.

Through lessons in Personal Development and PSHE, all students will be given the opportunity to learn life skills and be given examples of successful individuals whom they are able to learn from their experiences. Whether it is from a documentary, a workshop or a trip, students are given a variety of opportunities in different settings to explore how they can be successful in life.

Together with the life skills, at Chessbrook we value the importance to our students of physical and mental health. During 'Circle Times' and 'Chill & Chat' sessions, we are able to openly discuss how and where to seek help, if problems do arise in life. At Chessbrook, we consider the Spirit, Moral, Social & Cultural values of all our students and we are proud of this.
Our aim is to provide a sound understanding of risk and consequence with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Therefore, we are able to impart our knowledge and experience of PSHE & Personal Development related topics during timetables lessons, 'Chill and Chat' sessions with mentors and during 'Circle Times'.

Chessbrook offers students the opportunity to study a Level 2 qualification in City & Guilds Employability Skills. This course provides awareness to all students about problems that may arise in everyday life and how to deal with them.
At the centre of Personal Development are the British Values. We aim for all students to understand their meaning, their history and their significance to our country. This is essential to develop our students to be responsible, respectful and active citizens to society. The Level 2 qualification in NOCN Personal Development gives all students the opportunity to learn about their rights and the democratic systems with have in place in the UK, especially how Parliament functions. Additionally students are given freedom to explore their creative writing skills to develop their interests.

We strive to ensure that all students will feel more valued and confident after attending Chessbrook. They will have developed and added to their skill set, developed a greater understanding of the world they live in and have confidence that they can be successful in life.  


British Values

The fundamental British Values that we teach at Chessbrook are:

* Democracy
* The rule of law
* Individual liberty
* Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith 


 We aim to:

• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• encourage respect for other people; and
• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.


A wall display produced by Chessbrook students to remember the ending of World War One


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