Personal Development

Personal Development
‘Working in partnership with parents/carers and the wider community to enable pupils to feel safe, included, happy and prepared for life beyond school`  

Our PD Curriculum intends to:

To enable pupils to make effective choices,
Be mindful of British Values and
To develop into positive citizens of modern-day Britain. 

Why Learn PD?

Personal Development equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PD education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. Personal Development education helps pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities

In the secondary phase the curriculum is delivered through an extended tutor session on a weekly basis and supplemented by external speakers, small group work in tutor sessions and, through assemblies.  Topics included are:  

  • E safety 

  • Healthy Relationships 

  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing 

  • Careers 

  • Drugs Education and Relationships Sex and Health Education


Despite these topics being the same throughout KS 3 and 4 the curriculum is spiralling, with these topics being revisited but in greater depth and from different perspectives, as the pupils move through the school. 


Real-time adaptations are made to curriculum planning in response to feedback from parents, pupils and, to take into account wider topical issues/events and, our learning about the issues affecting young people.  

In Years 7, pupils will also have a one hour Personal Development lesson as part of their weekly timetable.  


Year 7 lesson will include : 

My Life- To be able to explore puberty, menstruation, different types of feelings, the age of consent, healthy friendships, family, bullying. Statutory elements of RSE 

Rights Respect and Responsibility: To explore the role of the UNCRC on protecting children and the role that Citizenship plays for individuals. 

Diversity of Britain: Living in the wider world, exploring multi culturalism in the UK and looking at the British Values and Protected characteristics 

Law and Order: To explore different types of Punishment, Law and Order, Youth crime and  why young people may commit crimes.