Personal Development

Personal Development

2021-22- Overview PD for KS3, KS4 & KS5

Overview of how PD & RSE deal with issue of sex abuse, sex violence & Peer on Peer abuse

Academic and personal success is only possible from a foundation of resilience, self-confidence, social and personal awareness and emotional intelligence.  This is the basis of the personal development curriculum at St Thomas More.  Our curriculum, designed to ensure that mental health and well being, PSHEE (Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education), and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) are afforded the time and importance needed to cradle a safe and healthy learning career for all pupils.  Personal development, delivered fortnightly by tutors and supported by outside speakers allows a safe space for pupils to ask questions and examine ‘learning for life’ experiences that will help our pupils to get through the ebb and flow of growing up, and move into adulthood more roundly prepared for life.

Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about key British Values such as 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 explored. 

Course Overview

The Personal Development curriculum draws on statutory guidelines whilst also addressing the needs of our local community.  In addition to the below topics, pupils will explore careers education and Relationship and Sex Education in each year.

In year 7 pupils get the opportunity to explore the following topics:

  • Settling into such and how to respond to anxieties and build resilience
  • Self-harm
  • FGM
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Positive relationships between family & friends
  • Bullying
  • Road safety       
  • Human reproduction
  • Health & hygiene (exploration of changes in puberty).   
  • Knife Crime
  • Self-esteem & how to improve it
  • Explore social responsibility
  • Safe use of digital technology     

In year 8 pupils investigate:

  • Knife Crime
  • First Aid & Dental Health
  • Types of Abuse & Sexting
  • Alcohol & Drugs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Feelings & Sexual Attraction
  • Appreciating Differences (gender stereotypes, gender dysphoria & transgenderism)
  • Prejudice & Discrimination to include homophobic bullying
  • Life Issues around conception & birth, including miscarriage and abortion
  • Safe digital use, pornography and online exploitation

 In year 9 pupils get the chance to explore topics such as:

  • Government Prevent Strategy
  • Diversity & Tolerance to prevent Racism
  • Types of Abuse, Consent issues & Sexual Exploitation
  • First Aid & Dental Health
  • Violent Knife Crime
  • Democracy & Voting
  • Fertility and Contraception         
  • Negative impact of casual sexual relationships & pornography
  • Online Consent
  • Marriage
  • Road safety       
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Mental Health   

In Year 10 pupils will explore topics such as:

  • Government Prevent Strategy  
  • Gambling
  • Types of Abuse & Consent          
  • First Aid & Dental Health
  • Violent Knife crime         
  • Democracy & Voting
  • Parenthood and what it entails 
  • Pregnancy & Abortion
  • FGM, human trafficking & Honour-based violence            
  • Abuse to include manipulation, sexual grooming, cyberbullying & pornography
  • Body Image ( themes of dignity & modesty)         

In Year 11 pupils will consider:

  • Post 16 choices of University, college, apprenticeships
  • Types of Abuse & Consent issues
  • Revision techniques       
  • Violent Knife crime
  • Healthy Bodies (focus on Breast & Testicular cancer)       
  • Racism
  • Addiction            
  • Eating Disorders
  • Fertility & Birth Control Pornography
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Coercive Control

Relationships and Sex Education

In line with guidance from the Catholic Education Service, St Thomas More uses TenTen’s RSE programme ‘Life to the Full’.  Life to the Full teaches Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.  Life to the Full addresses the needs of young people where they are at in today’s world. The teaching includes lessons on puberty, personal hygiene, fertility, menstruation, family and friends, sexual intimacy, delaying sex, an understanding of the body, sexuality, marriage, gender, online relationships, social media, consent, grooming, pressure, STIs, contraception and natural family planning, abortion/miscarriage, the effect of drugs and alcohol on relationships, pornography and sexual exploitation. The programme will be fully inclusive of all students.

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