Personal Development

Personal Development (PSHE)

Personal Development Programme

Personal Development Curriculum:

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is a subject which is delivered through our Personal Development programme across all years at The Purbeck School. The Personal Development programme prepares students for life outside of school, equipping them with the skills to make positive and carefully considered life choices both now and in the future.

The Ofsted report stated that students at The Purbeck School “gain a good understanding of how to stay healthy through the curriculum, particularly in science and in personal, social and health education”. If you ask the students at The Purbeck School about Personal, Social and Health Education, they get genuinely excited, “You get to express yourself without judgement” one student remarked. “You can share how you feel and think about things and discuss and learn about the types of things we will come across when we are older, the things we don’t learn in other lessons”.

Rationale and ambition for the Personal Development Curriculum:

The Personal Development programme aims to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all students and ensures that each of our students understands how to play a positive and successful role within society. It provides students with a deeper knowledge of the world, both locally and globally, giving them the confidence and belief to face a range of issues as they grow.

The Personal Development programme removes barriers to learning experienced by students, improving their capacity to succeed. The curriculum significantly contributes to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, behaviour, safety and their own well-being. The programme also develops students with further education on careers, linked to Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Personal Development programme works closely with all stakeholders including parents and employers; this cooperative approach ensures students at The Purbeck School have a 360 support package both in school and at home.

How is Personal Development taught?

Personal Development is delivered by tutors through a dedicated Personal Development lesson every cycle; the themes and topics are then further embedded through the assembly and tutor programme.

Students are assessed through yearly exercise books, allowing them to reflect on their overall performance and commitment to society.

Please see below for our Personal Development curriculum map

YearAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
7Understanding emotionsFamilies & relationshipsPhysical healthHealthy & unhealthy relationshipsHealthy lifestylesStaying safe
8Legal & illegal drugsDiscriminationHealth & wellbeingOnline safetySex & relationshipsOnline safety
9Peer influence and substance useConflict and causes in relationshipsPhysical healthOnline safetyConsentCareers
10Social and emotional impact of drug useCareersIdentityPromoting health & wellbeingEqualityWork experience
11Coping with stressSexual harassment & violenceFinancial managementResponsible health choicesPreparation for GCSEsPreparation for GCSEs


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