Personal Development

Character education and personal development are opportunities built to help young people to explore and express their character and build the skills they need for resilience, empathy and employability.

Orsett Heath values the Six Character Benchmarks as a method to evaluate our character education and personal development. For further information around our provisions, please click here


  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC)
  • British Values
  • Citizenship


  • Tutor time programmes, including SMSC and British Values, resilience and mind-set and personal development time
  • Curriculum programmes, including PSHE
  • The elective curriculum during Monday Period 6 lessons
  • The creative curriculum with 2 hours a week on the timetable
  • The religious education curriculum with 1 hour a fortnight on the timetable
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • National awareness days and weeks
  • Assemblies throughout the academic year
  • Parents information and support evenings
  • Stakeholder surveys and feedback
  • Trips and visits throughout the academic year
  • Inclusion of external visitors and speakers throughout the academic year
  • Reporting of academic progress three times a year
  • Extra-curricular clubs

For further details, please see our Personal Development Journey overview

Personal Development Award

As part of students’ personal development journey, we encourage all to participate in the Personal Development Award

Personal Development Award