Personal Development – Home
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
- 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.