Personal Development lessons are part of the curriculum entitlement of all students and seek to supplement and enrich the whole curriculum. Lessons play a major role in meeting the needs of the students in this school. Through the Personal Development curriculum we aim to develop skills and attitudes which will enable students to develop into confident, caring and compassionate young people. The curriculum encourages the pupils to develop their personal, social, health, moral and spiritual aspects of their learning outlined as :- self awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.
Through work in Personal Development, students are involved in personal and economic well-being and financial capability as set out in the non statutory guidelines for Personal Development.
In Citizenship, students are 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 as set out in the end of Key Stage 3 statement for Citizenship and the guidelines for Citizenship at Key Stage 4. 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, Careers, 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 students study units of work on:- Preparing for KS4, Health Issues, Transition skills, Applications and C.Vs, 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 Further Education and work, Mock Interviews, Option choices at 16+, Moral Issues, Driving and Safety Awareness.
Pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4 are taught in mixed ability groups by their Form Tutor. Personal Development lessons are timetabled on a fortnightly basis for 1 hour session.
Please contact Mr Lomas, Teacher of RE for more information relating to Personal Development.