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, sex & relationship education, drug education mental health, peer pressure, self-esteem, healthy eating, politics, personal finance, and the power of the media.

It is made up of a number of strands including Citizenship, PSHE, Careers, Enterprise education and the SEAL programme.

All pupils are currently taught Personal Development one hour a week by a specialist team.

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.

This is a large department in which there are currently ten members of staff.


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.


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:

  • Support from a Personal Tutor who knows them well and who can help them to access specialist advice and ensure any learning needs or issues are quickly addressed.
  • High quality programmes of careers education which help young people to plan and manage their own careers.
  • Impartial information advice and guidance about learning and work options including about Apprenticeships, Diplomas, Foundation Learning and GCSEs/A Levels.
  • Information, advice and guidance about the benefits of higher education and how to access the opportunities that it affords.
  • A programme of work related learning (in Years 10 and 11), giving young people direct insights into the world of work.

All young people are entitled to access through wider commissioned services:

  • One to one advice and support from a local specialist Connexions adviser when needed.
  • Information and advice by telephone and on line every day (including evenings and weekend) through Connexions direct.
  • Further specialist support from local services as needed.
  • Information on all local learning programmes for 14-19 year olds via their local 14-19 prospectus.
  • Support for young people to move to adult information, advice and guidance services when they reach the appropriate age.

Year 8: The Real Game Unit 8 weeks

The Real Game is a series of classroom-based programmes developed to help students learn more about themselves and both the opportunities and the responsibilities of adult life in a fun and constructive way. Pupils are allocated an occupation along with associated working hours salary and qualifications Pupils not only learn about the career path of that job but also students learn:

  • the importance of education and qualifications in getting the jobs they want
  • what transferable skills are
  • how occupational choice impacts upon lifestyle
  • to challenge stereotypes with regard to gender based occupations
  • how to balance monthly income and leisure time

At the end of The Real Game pupils are introduced to careers software and have an opportunity to explore different occupations rather than the one they were given during The Real Game

Year 9 Careers Unit 3 weeks

This unit looks at decision making and choosing KS4 options. Pupils also examine equal opportunities in subject choice 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.

Year 10 Enterprise and employ-ability unit 7 weeks

This unit recognises that the world is rapidly changing and that our pupils will need to respond to change and be flexible if they are to compete in a global workplace when they leave school. UK workers are relatively expensive, and will need to prove their worth to companies through possessing enterprising qualities such as problem solving, risk taking and good communication skills. Pupils are encouraged to reflect and self-assess their own current employability skills

Most new jobs will be created in small and medium sized businesses with many people setting up their own business. This is explored as a careers option.

Year 11 Careers unit 13 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

21st October 2014 – Steps To Success.

The annual careers event for young people in Year 11 and their parents/carers will be held at York Racecourse. There will be representatives from schools, colleges and a range of industries, as well as help and advice on different qualifications and pathways.

Late October to Mid November 2014

A coordinated series of school and college information evenings including Fulford School Sixth Form Information Evening Thursday 6th November.

January 13th & Jan 15th

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

Early February 2015

Applications for Fulford Sixth Form.

26th March 2015

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.

The Connexions Service at Fulford

The Connexions team (part of Youth Support Services from the City Of York Council) provide Careers information, advice and guidance. You may have known them as Career Advisors in the past though their role has widened over the last few years. Generally, a targeted group of students are seen in the Autumn term and other students are encouraged to wait until December after the taught careers and the relevant open evenings, assemblies etc. before being asked if they require a careers interview. If you would like to request a careers interview before this time please email to facilitate this.

Our independent  Connexions advisor at Fulford School Ceri Preston and she can be contacted at where she can deal with specific careers related queries.

Useful Websites

General careers information and guidance

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

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


Information on apprenticeships and the website to register for apprenticeships.

York apprenticeships

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Employment issues