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08/07/20

The faculty scores so far for Arts leading the charge but we are only just over half way. Still time for the other faculties to pull it back. https://t.co/OJpzKwu3mk

07/07/20

This terms thematic day is all about This Friday 10th July. https://t.co/575v0UdRpI

03/07/20

Thank you to all new Year 7s who attended our Virtual Induction Sessions today! There was a great turn out and you made fantastic contributions in the sessions, well done and thank you!

03/07/20

The HCACP lectures series cotinues this afternoon at 3:30pm https://t.co/g6mcrzXzYv

03/07/20

We hope all our new Year 7s enjoy their Virtual Induction today! Welcome!

29/06/20

All our new Year 7 students should today have received invites to their Virtual Induction Sessions this Friday. We are so looking forward to ‘meeting’ you!

26/06/20

Our HCACP lecture series all about racism continues today at 3pm. https://t.co/4HLgjvOcgq

26/06/20

The HCACP virtual sports week is coming 6th - 10th July More details soon. https://t.co/nL8tWaXRYH

23/06/20

We hope our new Year 7 students are excited for their Virtual Induction Sessions! They will be taking place on Friday 3rd July, more info to follow via email!

22/06/20

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22/06/20

Tune in Friday afternoon (virtual lesson) for the English departments performance of the GCSE text 'An Inspector Calls'. Don't miss it! https://t.co/N6aBA6YGG4

22/06/20

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19/06/20

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19/06/20

Year 12 A Level mathematicians all in and working hard!! Mechanics, core and statistics. https://t.co/kPPEfuHLVr

19/06/20

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17/06/20

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17/06/20

More amazing work from HCACP art students. https://t.co/itOmJltEfh

16/06/20

Some amazing art from year 9 https://t.co/KiMkoGY4dg

15/06/20

Some excellent examples of Year 9 art https://t.co/hsqtwkqUiY

15/06/20

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Harris Academies
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Personal Development Curriculum

Personal development at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace is built upon the foundations of the Academy ethos and its five key values of contribution, community, courage, co-operation and courtesy and our motto ‘All Can Achieve’. These values underpin Academy culture and every student's daily school life.

We also actively promote and develop students' understanding and appreciation for the five core British values (tolerance, rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and mutual respect).

The Academy believes in the holistic development of its pupils, offering them more chances so they have more choices in the future.

Our personal development curriculum goes beyond the national curriculum. It offers unique learning experiences which provide students with enriched cultural capital. By offering a varied and diverse set of experiences, we help to prepare students for the culturally diverse nature of the society in which we live. 

The Academy ensures students are resilient, self-assured and challenging learners, both to themselves and within any other cultural context. The Academy intends to ensure through a broad enrichment curriculum that students develop the key skills to feel motivated in the face of adversity and confident to take on any challenge.

In order for the Academy to meet its personal development intention, it implements a curriculum for students to have significant chances to learn and actively engage in four key areas: 

  • SMSC development
  • Character development
  • PSHE/Citizenship and
  • Careers.

You can find more detail on each of these areas below. The personal development curriculum is developed in line with both statutory guidance and The PSHE Association's recommended curriculum.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development

HACP088Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social: use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


Students embed the core values of the Academy and are mindful of one another’s views, demonstrating tolerance to differences in opinions. We encourage students to be reflective learners, showing curiosity and a thirst for knowledge in order to improve as individuals. This enables them to develop holistically and become active participants in modern British life. This is a real strength in the Academy and is embedded in the curriculum through drop down ‘thematic days’ four times a year (see below), tutor time activities (see below), a debating programme, educational visits, student leadership, enrichment and the assembly programme (see below).

To promote spiritual development, all students study Religion, Philosophy & Politics at Key Stage 3. This encourages students to reflect on their own beliefs and those of others. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism are studied and other belief systems are examined through modules on ethics and metaphysics. The diversity of faiths represented in the Academy is rich, with students demonstrating respect for others' faiths, feelings and values. One of the ways this is reflected is through the Academy’s annual Carol Service at a local church and through the Academy homily during assemblies. Students learn about themselves and others through the ‘PXS’ personal extended project. All students study a full range of creative subjects at Key Stage 3 including Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Technology, allowing them to engage their imaginations and be creative in their learning.

The moral development of pupils is also promoted through tutor time and our Assembly programme (see below). The Academy’s core values provide a shared language for talking about moral issues which is well integrated into the Academy’s vernacular. Students reflect on the difference between right and wrong, and they are equipped to apply reasoning and critical thinking skills to their own lives, based on a moral compass. All students study ethics, including different points of view, and learn about how to make ethical decisions as part of Religion, Philosophy & Politics at Key Stage 3. Students reflect on their own moral decision-making through a focus on restorative justice integrated into our culture for learning.


HACP008Character development

Character and a shared culture are developed through the Academy’s faculty system and inter-faculty competitions. The Academy strives to ensure it is fully inclusive and we achieve this by ensuring all students have a strong sense of association with their faculty and that students are able to succeed and show resilience in failure. Each faculty has its own identity, including a bespoke crest and motto. Students develop their character within their faculties in a number of ways including:

  • Raising money for their faculty's nominated charity
  • Being a member of the Faculty Cabinet and whole-academy student council
  • Taking the opportunity to speak in public during assemblies
  • Taking part and competing in inter-faculty competitions such as debating, sporting and culture for learning points.

RAG - Raising and Giving

As part of our character development opportunities, the Academy has a Raising and Giving programme which helps teach students key life skills to support them in being happy and active members of society. The Academy commits to at least six opportunities over the course of the year to raise money for each faculty charity.

  • HCACP RAG Run
  • Prefect Shelter cinema screening
  • Arts Faculty charity event
  • Communications Faculty charity event
  • Maths and Commerce Faculty charity event
  • Science and PE Faculty charity event

Enrichment

Our enrichment programme offers students the chance to develop a wider variety skills, knowledge and cultural capital to use in becoming active citizens of society. The Academy offers over 46 enrichment clubs.


Mentoring

In order to support our students to develop into successful citizens in society, a number of students are giving mentoring opportunities. This may be because they have been identified as vulnerable or disadvantaged and/or their behaviour may have highlighted the need for additional mentoring support. Some examples of mentoring on offer are listed below:

  • Raising self-esteem in girls (Strengthening Minds)
  • Managing emotions (Strengthening Minds)
  • Association of Black and Ethnic Minorities Engineers’ Association
  • Active Rowing
  • Crystal Palace Football Club: Premier League Inspires
  • Academy Counsellor
  • External Key Skills Mentoring
  • Complex Needs Mentoring

HACP065PHSE/Citizenship

PSHE stands for the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Wellbeing Education. Find our more about our PHSE curriculum.


Tutor Time

Tutor Time at HCACP is spilt across five days with five different sessions. Each session is 25 minutes and has set reading time (DEAR) each morning.  Students develop their character and cultural capital each day through a different themed activity (see below). All tutor time is sequenced against the same theme, but developed specifically to each year group.

  • HCACP news sessions focus on key historical events of that week and act as a discussion topic. Along with giving students and staff a chance to look at notices for the forthcoming week, they celebrate successes of the previous week and look at the tutor groups culture for learning points.
  • Careers sessions focus on key employability skills. The skills are; Leadership, Problem Solving, Listening, Creativity, Staying Positive, Teamwork, Aiming High and Presenting.
  • PSHE sessions concentrate on SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship. Specifically looking at the development of pupils understanding of tolerance, right and wrong and relationships.
  • Literacy sessions are taught across key texts, and look at inference and, the ability and confidence of students to read, think, write and share.

Assemblies

All students attend weekly assemblies which are focused on the careers’ employability skills, a core theme from the PSHE/Citizenship curriculum and one of the Academy's core values. Assemblies also encourage community and a sense of loyalty to the Faculty of which they are part. Assemblies help to supplement the tutor time programme, providing a time where students can engage and enquire in a different context with the six core themes. Every assembly starts with a culturally relevant piece of music and finishes with the Academy Homily which explicitly notes tolerance and acceptance of one another’s beliefs.

Assemblies are delivered by senior leaders, middle leaders and students as well as visiting speakers from organisations such as the Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation, Growing against Violence, Great Men, CEOP (a national crime agency) and a wide range of other partners. A broad range of topics is investigated each year under themes which promote British values such as tolerance, respect, a moral compass and empathy.


Educational Visits

Students regularly take part in educational visits and trips, to develop their understanding of historic and culturally significant events and landmarks within the world. These visits and trips give students the opportunities to develop an association when retrieving key information whether this be in lessons or in conversations in their everyday lives. Some examples of trips that the Academy has been on in the last year include: our Holland Football Tour, China trip, NASA Space Station trip, Austria ski trip, Excel Careers Fair and various visits into London’s museums and theatres and other cultural offerings.


Duke of Edinburgh

The Academy is incredibly proud to be a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, offering Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels to all students from Year 9 through to Year 13.

The DofE award is a highly prestigious extra-curricular programme that is recognised around the world for developing a huge range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills amongst participants – incredibly valuable for future study and employment.

Over the past three years, more than 260 students have participated in the DofE Award, completing activities in the volunteering, physical, and skills sections, as well as completing a self-sufficient expedition. It provides students with a life-changing opportunity to engage in experiences that challenge them, enhancing their skills in leadership, resilience, cooperation, team-work, communication, and confidence. Participants must consistently display high levels of commitment and determination to achieve a DofE award, which is why it is rated as the most important extra-curricular activity undertaken at school by a huge number of major employers across the UK.


HACP017Careers

The teaching and promotion of careers, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, is embedded within Academy life. The Academy creates a culture that is ambitious for its students to understand different pathways into the wider world of work, encouraging students to actively contemplate different careers and the chances they must take now to help them achieve their employment goals, for example which academic qualification or work experience will best assist them. This embedded culture is achieved through a variety of ways:

  • The tutorial programme, with one set day a week assigned to careers
  • Weekly careers employability skill focus: listening; teamwork; leadership; aiming high; problem solving; creativity; staying positive; and presenting
  • Thematic days
  • Weekly 'career in focus'
  • Work experience in years 10 and 12
  • External speakers and trips
  • Annual careers fair
  • Educational Visits
  • Careers mentoring (external agencies)

Thematic Days

Thematic days take place four times a year and are delivered in year groups. Thematic days are opportunities for students to learn beyond the academic curriculum in a variety of ways. These days supplement the four core themes of the personal development curriculum (SMSC development, character development, PSHE/Citizenship and careers). These days are run by both Academy staff and external agencies. See below for outline of thematic days:

Year Group

TD 1 - FRI 15 November

TD 2 - MON 13 January

TD 3 - WED 1 April

TD 4 - TUES 14 July

7

THEME:

Being a Teenager

THEME:

Astounding Asia

THEME:

What is a career?

THEME:

Rights and Responsibilities

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

PD FOCUS:

SMSC

PD FOCUS:

Careers

PD FOCUS:

Citizenship

LEAD:

Drugs, alcohol, relationships and online safety

LEAD:

Asian culture, religion, language, art, music and maths

LEAD:

An introduction to careers, work related learning and employability skills

LEAD:

Human rights issues,  Amnesty international and responsibilities

8

THEME:

What is my pathway?

THEME:

Make a change

THEME:

Diversity day

THEME:

Impact Factor

PD FOCUS:

Careers

PD FOCUS:

Citizenship

PD FOCUS:

SMSC

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

LEAD:

Professions, pathways, GCSE options, apprenticeships and university options

LEAD:

Social action, campaigning, feminism and environmental activism

LEAD:

Stonewall/diversity role models, Hope not Hate, Prevent and multiculturalism

LEAD:

Personal Safety, Crime and Emergency services

9

THEME:

Africa: past, present and future

THEME:

Holocaust

THEME:

Healthy living

THEME:

Communication day

PD FOCUS:

SMSC

PD FOCUS:

CITIZENSHIP

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

PD FOCUS:

Careers

LEAD:

African culture, religion, language, art, music, geography and history

LEAD:

Genocide, rights,  responsibility and citizenship

LEAD:

Sexual consent, violence, social media and mental health

LEAD:

Professional communication, messaging, social media and public speaking

10

THEME:

The Law and You

THEME:

Employability skills

THEME:

Economic health

THEME:

Rhetoric and Oracy

PD FOCUS:

Citizenship

PD FOCUS:

Careers

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

PD FOCUS:

SMSC

LEAD:

The judiciary, lawyers, the police, democracy and mock trial

LEAD:

CVs, interviews, applications and professional presentation

LEAD:

Finances, life skills, bills, gambling, investments, enterprise and tax

LEAD:

English speaking skills and presentations

11

THEME:

Educational Pathways

THEME:

Mental health

THEME:

NCS Stress-busting

 

PD FOCUS:

Careers

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

PD FOCUS:

PSHE

LEAD:

Post 16 options and pathways

LEAD:

 Inspirational speaker and positive mental health intervention

LEAD:

Session from National Citizenship Service as part of the Challenge build up.