Personal Development

Curriculum Leader: Mr R. Jones

Personal Development is like no other subject: there is no exam, it is discursive, involves projects in school, outside speakers and workshops and is approached from a different angle to other parts of the school curriculum. Sometimes described as ‘learning about life’, it covers a range of topics, for example, Citizenship, politics, sex & relationship education, drug education, mental health, peer pressure, self-esteem, healthy eating to name but a few topics.

It is made up of a number of strands including Citizenship, PSHE and Careers,

All pupils are currently taught Personal Development by a specialist team one hour a week in Years 7-8, and one hour a fortnight in Years 9-11.

Given the sensitive nature of some of the material there are a large number of policies (see policy and forms) that are highly relevant to this area.  Please note that parents have the right to withdraw children from the Sex & Relationship Education programme and in the first instance should contact the school to be informed of the procedure for making complaints.

Citizenship education equips children and young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills to play an active part in society as informed and critical citizens who are socially and morally responsible. It aims to give them the confidence and conviction that they can act with others, have influence and make a difference in their communities.

Aims

The national curriculum for citizenship aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government
  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.

It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

It offers learning opportunities across and beyond the curriculum, in specific lessons as well as in assemblies.

The key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education help schools to fulfil their statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

The programme of study covers Key Stages 1 to 4 and is based on three core themes within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility:

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

Young people in schools are entitled to:

Policy currently under review

Year 8: Careers Unit 5 weeks

This unit starts off by pupils exploring likes and dislikes regarding careers via a computer programme that then suggests careers based upon their choices. It is intended to foster a spirit of enquiry as pupils begin to actively research different occupations. In another lesson pupils are given imaginary jobs and their compare different jobs in order to raise awareness of the variety of different routes into employment as well as introducing the pupils to a variety of career related terms.

Lessons then move onto looking  at decision making and choosing KS4 options. Pupils also examine equal opportunities in subject choice and career choices as well as good and bad reasons for choosing an option subject. They have a taster lesson in the only subject that has no KS3 access – Business studies. Finally, pupils are encouraged to consider how quickly the world of work is changing.

To further support option choices there is an options evening on Monday 22nd January 2018  and of course parents evenings prior to option decisions being made.

Year 11 Careers Unit 9 weeks

In the unit pupils will look at the different pathways post 16 including Fulford Sixth Form, Other Schools Sixth Forms, Vocational routes, Employment and apprenticeships. All students will have talks from York College. As well as taught sessions, pupils will be able to follow their interests and undertake more detailed investigations into different pathways. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to investigate specific jobs and careers as well as have particular careers suggested via software packages. There are valuable opportunities for pupils to discover more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who they could possibly become. Finally, Year 11 also encompasses practical career skills and tools such as CV writing and interviews.

 

Key Dates Year 11

Late October to Mid November 2017

A coordinated series of school and college information evenings including Fulford School Sixth Form Information Evening (2017 Wednesday  15th November

Late October 2017  – Mid February 2018 taught career unit – Year 11

In the unit pupils will look at the different pathways post 16 including Fulford Sixth Form, Other Schools Sixth Forms, Vocational routes, Employment and apprenticeships. All students will have talks from York College. As well as taught sessions, pupils will be able to follow their interests and undertake more detailed investigations into different pathways. Opportunities are also provided for pupils to investigate specific jobs and careers as well as have particular careers suggested via software packages. There are valuable opportunities for pupils to discover more about themselves: who they are, how they are changing and who they could possibly become. Finally Year 11 also encompasses practical career skills and tools such as CV writing and interviews.

January 16th 2018

Sixth form taster lessons. The opportunity to experience sixth form lessons in the subjects being considered.

January 18th 2018

Opportunity to take part in a second taster day at an external institution if you have attended Fulford taster day on the 16th (students who have 100% decided they are not returning to Fulford should arrange to attend the external taster day on the 16th if there is an opportunity to do so to avoid missing two days of school)

January 19th – Early February 2018

Destinations interviews for Fulford Year 11 students with senior staff and Directors of Learning

Early February 2018

Applications for Fulford Sixth Form.


Early March 2018 York apprenticeship recruitment event

The event will provide an opportunity for young people aged 16-24 and their parents or carers, to meet with recruiting employers and to find out about alternative routes to Level 3 qualifications and university.

Employers, such as Nestlé, Siemens, Portakabin, the Armed services, Marriott Hotel and many more, will be looking to fill vacancies and share information on their apprenticeship schemes. Training providers will also be available to discuss other York based apprenticeship vacancies and training opportunities.

 

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Internal deadline for Directors of Learning to receive York College and other tertiary college applications from Fulford Students. This internal deadline is to try and ensure our students maximise their chances of securing places on courses of their choice.

Useful Websites

General careers information and guidance

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

This is the main government careers website. As well as information and advice online there is a telephone and web chat service.

Phone: 0800 100 900

Local careers information and guidance

www.yor-zone.org.uk/futures4me

Yorzone has information for young people on a whole range of issues including local help and support. The Futures4me portal is for students and parents from year 8 to 13 including general advice and information on local options. It includes a course finder which is a search facility listening all providers and courses in the local vicinity, local work and training, labour market information and advice and signposting for young people with additional needs

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Information on apprenticeships and the website to register for apprenticeships.

York apprenticeships

  • Facebook: facebook.com/yorkapprenticeships
  • Twitter: @yorkapprentices

Volunteering

Employment issues

Employment rights information – www.worksmart.org.uk/rights/young_workers