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Personal Development Curriculum Overview

A Personal Development Curriculum is designed to help pupils gain the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead healthy, happy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

It includes the teaching of SMSC, Fundamental British Values and safeguarding across subject curriculums and enables them to develop their interests and talents, and character.

 Our Personal Development Curriculum has been broken down into 3 main stands:

  1. Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  2. Sex and Relationships
  3. Living in the Wider World

Opportunities for the teaching and development of the PD have been made explicit within the Personal development curriculum overview and individual subject Personal Development Maps.

Definitions  of  Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

Spiritual: The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.

Moral: The opportunity to learn what is right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.

Social: The opportunity to use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict.

Cultural: The opportunity to explore and appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

Fundamental British Values

We see British Values (Democracy, Rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths) as underpinning what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create an environment free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community.

Personal Development Curriculum

The Personal Development Curriculum is designed to help pupils gain the skills knowledge and understanding they need to lead, healthy, happy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. Please see the Personal Development Overview here

Character Development

We believe that academic success is really important, but we don’t think it’s everything!

We want our students to leave education feeling confident not only in their knowledge, but in their skills too.  Skills that researchers tells us will enable you to be more successful in the future. Read more

Personal Development Maps