Personal Development lessons are designed to be delivered through a thematic approach, focusing on three key areas: Living in the Wider World, Health and Well-Being, and Relationships and Society. Each of these themes plays a critical role in shaping our pupils into responsible and well-informed individuals, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter beyond our school walls. Topics will be age-specific to help support pupil development over time, and some of these will also complement Diocesan guidelines relating to Relationships and Sex Education.
Living in the Wider World: Our pupils will explore various aspects of the world around them. They will learn about global issues, cultural diversity, and the interconnections that bind humanity together. By gaining a deeper understanding of the wider world, we aim to foster empathy, compassion, and respect for people from different backgrounds and experiences. In addition, we aim to ensure all pupils remain as safe as possible online and offline, which is underlined by pupils completing the OSA (Online Safety Alliance) Certificates of Online Safety in Year 7 and Year 9.
Health and Well-Being: The well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Through these lessons, they will explore physical and mental health topics, learn about healthy lifestyles, and develop skills to manage stress and challenges effectively. We want our pupils to prioritise their well-being and develop resilience to cope with the demands of modern life.
Relationships and Society: Strong relationships and a sense of community are fundamental to personal growth and happiness. In these lessons, our students will explore the dynamics of relationships, communication, and conflict resolution. We aim to cultivate kindness, respect, and emotional intelligence, enabling them to build meaningful connections with others.
A detailed breakdown of the topics studied can be viewed here.
In addition a series of DfE guides for parents (in different languages) can be viewed here.