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.


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