Personal Development Curriculum

Key Stage 3

As a curriculum area, the Personal Development Curriculum is designed to help pupils gain the skills knowledge and understanding they need to lead, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.

All our pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, pupils learn to recognise their own worth, develop a sense of their own identity and the ability to take their place in the community as well as respect and

work with others. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and to recognise how

they are developing personally and socially, addressing the spiritual social, moral and cultural

issues that form an intrinsic part of growing up.


The three main strands of PDC are:

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

3. Living in the Wider World

Year 7

we include topics on friendships, enterprise, personal hygiene, finance, animal care, anger management, bullying, internet and personal safety, animal cruelty, dental hygiene, diversity and careers.

Year 8

we include topics on the law, the young consumer, peer pressure, bullying, equal opportunities, body image, equality, values, smoking and healthy eating.

Year 9

we include topics on study skills, politics, the environment, disability, SRE, careers and options, drugs, smoking, risk taking and body image.

Key Stage 4

Qualification: None

Examination Board: None

PDC at KS4 builds on the subject areas students have studied at KS3. The three main strands are:

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

3. Living in the Wider World

PDC applies to all areas of the curriculum. The knowledge that students gain will allow them to have better self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. Students will find that it can enhance their ability to study and so, achieve.

Year 10

e include topics on thinking skills, sell yourself, work experience, Kudos (careers), eating disorders, self-harm, healthy lifestyles, anger management, enterprise, depression, self-worth, ages in law, the EU, political parties, domestic violence and alcohol.

Year 11

we include topics on family and relationships, conflict in families, homelessness, women’s safety, drugs, teenage pregnancy, victim support, drugs, finance and enterprise.

There is no exam, but we do assess students on a termly basis and issue them with bronze, silver and gold certificates.  The main strands for the assessment are judged on:

•    Speaking and Listening

•    Participation

•    Personal Development

•    Independent Enquiry