Personal Development

“The greatest gift we can give our children is the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” Denis Waitley.  

Character is just another term for ‘good person.’ A person of character lives a worthy life guided by moral principles. A person of character is a good parent, a good friend, a good employee and a good citizen.” Michael Josephson

Key Stage 3

Personal Development equips our students with the skills and understanding to make sense of the world around them. We address all aspects of learning within personal, social, health, relationship and sex education. By the end of Key Stage 3, our students will:

Understand how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships in all contexts, including peer, family and intimate relationships.

Know how to stay physically and mentally healthy.

Know how to protect themselves from different forms of risk, including online risk and sexual risk, and a knowledge of basic first aid.

Comprehensively understand their wider world, including career opportunities, how to manage money effectively, life in modern Britain and British Values and knowledge of Human Rights.

Experience of meaningful social action.

Key Stage 4 

Personal Development at Key Stage 4 is taught as a distinct lesson within the timetable. By the end of their KS4 journey, students of personal development will:

Understand how to stay physically and mentally healthy

Be able to recognise an abusive or coercive relationship and how to seek help and support

Know when and where to seek help and support for any problems

Be equipped to make decisions about their future pathways and understand how to apply for jobs effectively and perform well at interview

As a discerning consumer of online content, be able to recognise fake news and online scams

Understand our democratic and legal systems

Be equipped to effectively manage their money and protect themselves from financial risk

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

SMSC is a fundamental part of our curriculum, as is exploring ‘Britishness’ and what constitutes British Values.

Students acquire a healthy respect for public institutions and services in Britain, develop a sense of respect for others and tolerance for all cultures, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Personal Development plays a vital role in the development of students’ cultural capital experience through visits and activities which support our local community, for example, Shoebox of Love appeal and external speakers, such as NHS workers, the police and local charitable organisations. The curriculum is enriched with CEIAG opportunities brought to us through our Liverpool City Region Careers Hub status.