Personal Development

At The Iffley Academy we recognise the importance of the Personal Development curriculum. All our students will be supported in making progress towards their own aspirational goals linked to their Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), and towards gaining formal accreditation in Personal Development awards.

All students have opportunities to work towards the following awards in personal development when they reach the appropriate stage in their learning, this is typically in year 11, 12 or 13:


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Social, Emotional and Communication curriculum

The following interventions supplement the Personal Development and Social, Emotional and Communication curriculum:

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Dogs as Therapy

The opportunity for students to take part in Dogs as Therapy is a unique feature of our academy. The Iffley Academy has six school dogs which are used daily to support the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the students. The academy has a proven track record of using dogs as therapy to promote:

• Physical Health: e.g. lower blood pressure, endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect, diminishes overall physical pain, the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response

• Mental Health: e.g. lifts spirits and reduces depression, decrease feelings of isolation and alienation, encourage communication, provide comfort, increases socialisation, reduces boredom, lower anxiety, help students overcome speech and communication difficulties, provide motivation and rewards, reduce loneliness