Personal Development

Throughout the Personal Development programme, the rationale is to support our young people to progress into healthy, happy, responsible and successful global citizens whilst being effective learners throughout their secondary education.  To this end, pupils will follow a thematic approach, revisiting themes advised by the Personal Development Association throughout their Key Stage 3 and 4 studies.  Themes will include Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World.  Each theme will be revisited on several occasions each year allowing pupils to be introduced to new age-appropriate knowledge, whilst revisiting and consolidating their learning over time.  Health and demographic data indicate that the needs of our young people across the Dean Trust are comparable and we have allowed for a ‘flexi-lesson’ where the challenges that are pertinent to a local area can be addressed.

Elements of Religious Education (RE and RS) are taught amongst Personal Development curriculum during KS4, as RE is not provided as a core curriculum subject. However, the same ethos and delivery that go into RE lessons is used here. Pupils are encouraged to think critically and discuss major world issues – such as crime and punishment, or poverty – in a supportive environment.

Throughout the Personal Development programme, the rationale is to support our young people to progress into healthy, happy, responsible and successful global citizens whilst being effective learners throughout their secondary education.  To this end, pupils will follow a thematic approach, revisiting themes advised by the Personal Development Association throughout their Key Stage 3 and 4 studies.  Themes will include Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World.  Each theme will be revisited on several occasions each year allowing pupils to be introduced to new age-appropriate knowledge, whilst revisiting and consolidating their learning over time.  Health and demographic data indicate that the needs of our young people across the Dean Trust are comparable and we have allowed for a ‘flexi-lesson’ where the challenges that are pertinent to a local area can be addressed.

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