PSHE and C
Personal Development lessons are part of the curriculum entitlement of all pupils. In all year groups, Personal Development seeks to supplement and enrich the whole curriculum.
The Personal Development curriculum has a major role to play in meeting the needs of the pupils in this school. Through the curriculum we aim to develop skills and attitudes which will enable pupils to develop into confident, caring and compassionate young people.
The Personal Development curriculum encourages pupils to develop the social and emotional aspects of learning outlined as :- self awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.
Through work in Personal Development the pupils will be involved in personal well-being and economic well-being and financial capability as set out in the non statutory guidelines.
Pupils will be encouraged to take an interest in topical issues, to learn about their rights and responsibilities, to investigate laws, justice and democracy, and to respect different cultures and identities.
Within these concepts the processes of critical thinking, decision making, working with others, self development, enterprise and taking informed and responsible action will be encouraged.
The curriculum is divided into short modules of work usually lasting a maximum of half a term. Some aspects of the curriculum are taught through special theme days. The curriculum also seeks guidance and support from outside agencies and experts when applicable.
Currently Year 7s study units of work on:- Settling in to our school, Bullying, Fire Awareness, Drugs Awareness, Environmental issues, and Healthy Lifestyles
Year 8s study units of work on:- Enterprise issues – “The Apprentice”, Theft, First Aid and Safety, You and your body – Smoking, Jobs, Road Safety and Vandalism
Year 9s study units of work on:- Alcohol Awareness, Citizenship and the law, Careers Options at 14+, Managing your Money, Enterprise Issues, Drugs Awareness, Road Safety and Politics.
The curriculum for Key Stage 4 is also divided into short modules of work.
Currently in Year 10 pupils study units of work on:- Preparing for KS4, Health Issues, Transition skills, Applications and CVs, Britain: A Diverse Society, Cancer Awareness, Parenting Skills, Enterprise Challenges, Global Issues, Road Safety and Preparing for Work Experience.
Year 11s study units of work on:- Completing Applications for FE and work, Mock Interviews, Option choices at 16+, Moral Issues, Driving and Safety Awareness, and Personal Revision.
The Personal Development is led by Mr Lomas, Second in RE and Personal Development Faculty.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4 are taught in form groups by their Form Tutor. Personal Development lessons are timetabled on a weekly basis for one hour sessions.