The Personal Development Curriculum
The aim of Personal Development is to enable students to become effective members of society, contributing to the wider community, with a strong moral compass.
To achieve this, we equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the real world. The curriculum is about ensuring students can make positive decisions, in potentially difficult circumstances, which they may face in their lives. We want to create a curriculum that evokes curiosity in all students‘ minds, with them knowing that they can make a positive difference in their community, and which provides opportunity to explore different viewpoints, including their own, on different social issues.
Details about the curriculum structure:
The curriculum gives equal weighting to the PSHE themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Sex Education (SRE), and Careers and Economic Wellbeing. RE is also a fundamental strand which is taught under our diversity key. It is vital students gain an understanding about each of these topic areas and as such the curriculum is spiralled to ensure that appropriate knowledge is acquired at the right developmental stages for each student at Temple Moor. This allows students to explore key concepts from past years and continually build on them, which is of increasing importance because of the dynamic and diverse Britain we live in today.
The curriculum is built around the following 6 keys:
No one Personal Development Key is studied in isolation, the keys interweave amongst each other, allowing for greater understanding about key concepts and ideas. Within the Personal Development curriculum we aim to make links between our keys and incorporate the principles of Fundamental British Values, SMSC and Religious contexts to the curriculum to understand different viewpoints and social issues.
By intertwining these values into the curriculum, it allows our students to be able to understand different viewpoints and social issues within society today.
What will students study?
The Personal Development curriculum has six keys to success. These keys allow for an in-depth analysis into important aspects of young people’s lives, the world they live in today and as they eventually become adults. Whilst each key has a particular PSHE theme, there are numerous opportunities for inter-weaved learning across the entire statutory and non-statutory PSHE education framework and more. The following concepts are explored in each Key for each year group:
Diversity – focuses on students understanding the diverse and modern Britain that we live in today. Students will explore concepts around valuing differences, respecting people in society, understanding different religions and their values, LGBTQ+ and knowing how and why to speak up and stamp out discrimination.
Aspirations – this key focuses on goal setting, employability skills, option choices, types of jobs, career routes, labour market information and ultimately creating CV’s and Personal Statements in preparation for further and higher education and jobs.
Character – focuses on building positive character traits in every student and helping them to recognise the difficult decisions they may have to face in the future, specifically around legal and illegal substances, knife crime, peer pressure and online behaviours. This key helps to build a student’s knowledge on how to make positive decisions in potentially difficult circumstances. Within this topic we also aim to inform students on the Law and making the right decisions.
Wellbeing – focuses on mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Students explore language used to describe these areas and how they can be proactive in supporting their own wellbeing. We are lucky enough to have onsite mental health practitioners who have been closely working with our lead in order for our students to have the right information and support around their mental wellbeing within their Personal Development lessons. Wellbeing is important for us here at Temple Moor and is delivered termly to support our students throughout the year.
Relationships – focuses on students understanding different relationships, building, and maintaining positive relationships, sex and contraception and sexual health. This key is the focus for teaching students about Relationships and Sex Education. In September 2020 this is mandatory for all schools to teach, further guidance will be forthcoming this academic year around changes to this framework and parental support. In July 2021 we had expert talks from Leeds Council around contraception with our Year 10s, who are continuing to work closely with us to support our students once again this year.
Economics – focuses on ensuring students know their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen making sure they make the right financial decisions. Students will learn a range of life skills in this topic such as understanding typical bills, payslips, utility bills, taxes, and other documents they will read once they leave school, as well as understanding the bigger picture around economics.
Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities in the subject
The Golden Threads are skills that students develop across their entire Temple Moor curriculum. These are transferrable competencies and powerful knowledge to be used in all subjects and in their lives outside of school. Personal Development is one of our Golden Threads.
Students have the platform in Personal Development lessons to develop these competencies for life and to continually demonstrate these in a range of situations. Students also have ample opportunity in extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities to demonstrate and apply the Golden Threads.
Enrichment activities for Personal Development include external organisations working with our students, career workshops, CPR training from the St John’s Ambulance and classroom talks.