Under completion – will integrate elements of food and nutrition, enterprise, metacognition, key competencies, CEIAG and character development  with citizenship as below.

Purpose of study

A high-quality personal development education helps to provide pupils with attributes, values, knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to fulfil their potential and to play a full and active part in communities and society. Personal development education encompasses careers education information advice and guidance, personal, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and citizenship education, which fosters pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching and ‘great experiences’ equip pupils with the attributes and values to be engage, positive participants, and the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It prepares pupils to be effective learners and to be positive contributors to society as responsible citizens, manage their lives well and make sound logical, ethical, social and financial decisions.


The curriculum for personal development ensures that all pupils:

·         Develop personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural knowledge and awareness to enable them to be healthy, fulfilled, effective positive participants and contributors

·         Make informed choices and make effective lifestyle decisions in areas including sleep, nutrition, exercise, sex, relationships, drugs and substances

·         Are equipped with key competencies for living and lifelong learning

·         Make informed choices and make effective decisions regarding their own education, both at school and in planning future destinations and pathways

·         Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of and respect for democracy and the democratic process, public institutions and services, the rule of law and the justice system

·         Develop an interest in and commitment to participation in volunteering and other developmental activities

·         Are equipped with the skills to think critically and engage in debate

·         Read for pleasure


Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.



Personal Development - Key stage 3

Also reference:

·         Reading for pleasure

·         SMSC

·         Metacognition

·         CEIAG & Key competencies

·         Physical and mental wellbeing

·         Sex and relationships

·         Drugs and alcohol

·         Lifestyle choices

Delivery through discrete PD programme, assembly programme, mentor activities/relationships, culture/ethos through policies including behaviour, T&L and curriculum, ‘great experiences’ including trips/visits/speakers/conferences.

(Citizenship NC) Teaching develops pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Pupils will be taught about:

·         The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch

·         The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

·         The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

·         The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

·         The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

·         The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.


Personal Development - Key stage 4

Also reference:

·         Leadership / modelling (social learning theory)

·         SMSC

·         Metacognition (two/three-year exam prep-model)

·         CEIAG & Key competencies, including ICT skill development

·         Physical and mental wellbeing

·         Sex and relationships

·         Drugs and alcohol

·         Lifestyle choices


(Citizenship NC) Teaching should build on the key stage 3 programme of study to deepen pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils should develop their skills to be able to use a range of research strategies, weigh up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate their conclusions. They should experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.

Pupils will be taught about:

·         Parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press

·         The different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond

·         Other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom

·         Local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world Human rights and international law

·         The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems

·         Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding

·         The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity

Income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent. 


If you would like further information please contact...


Mrs K O'Sullivan

Lead Teacher of Personal Development