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Personal Development

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, the EU 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.

Please use the relevant link at the bottom of the page for an overview of the content of the Personal Development programme on a year to year basis. This has been included so that parents are aware of when certain topics are covered and they may subsequently wish to discuss these issues at home thereby further strengthening the home school relationship.

Given the sensitive nature of some of the material there are a large number of policies (see policy documents under quick links) 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. We are proud of the fact that a specialist team has been formed to deliver these subjects as recommended by OFSTED.

The Head of department is Mr. Jones.

What is Citizenship?

What is Citizenship?

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.

What is SEAL?

What is SEAL?

SEAL is a comprehensive approach to promoting the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of all who learn and work in schools.: The SEAL Year 7 Resource is designed to promoting the five social and emotional aspects of learning:


  • Managing feelings
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Fulford School is one of the three York schools who are trialing the secondary SEAL programme in Year 7. Many of our younger pupils will already be familiar with the primary SEAL programme and our involvement is another example of how we seek to smooth the transition from our primary school partners to Fulford.

What is PSHE?

What is PSHE?

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, tutorial programmes, circle time, special school projects e.g. Art graffiti wall project based on drug education in year 9, activity days e.g. alcohol awareness day and other activities that enrich pupils’ experiences.

Careers Information Advice

The Careers Information Advice and Guidance Guarantee

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.

Careers Education and Guidance (CEG)

Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) at Fulford School in the Taught Personal Development Programme

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.