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, Economics, Relationships and Sex Education (SRE). Year 11 are also supported for a full-term receiving time to research Post 16 options, complete the application process and 1:1 support with our careers advisor and form tutors. 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 Personal Development Curriculum is broken up throughout the year into 6 keys. These are:
No one Personal Development Key is studied in isolation, the keys interweave amongst each other, allowing for greater understanding about key concepts and ideas. Students are able to formulate links between key concepts and apply them regularly in Personal Development lessons and across their entire curriculum. Students are able incorporate the principles of Fundamental British Values, SMSC and Religious contexts to the curriculum to understand different viewpoints and social issues.
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 6 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 become adults. Whilst each key has a particular PSHE theme, there are numerous opportunities for interweaved 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:
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. This is a focus within Y10 & 11 and supported through the form time curriculum in KS3 – KS4.
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. Wellbeing is such an important topic and therefore the lessons are interweaved within the other keys throughout the year to help support our students all year round.
Diversity – Focuses on students understanding of the diverse and modern Britain that we live in today. Students will explore concepts around valuing differences, religion, racism and understanding how people may identify. This is covered during half term 1.
Relationships – Focuses on students building and maintaining positive relationships, puberty, sexual harassment, consent, marriage & families, fertility, 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 can be found in our SRE document. This is covered during half term 2 & 3.
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, county lines and laws. Character ensures students know their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen as well as peer pressure and online behaviours. This key helps to build a student’s knowledge on how to make positive decisions in potentially difficult circumstances. This is covered during half term 3 & 4.
Economics – Focuses on ensuring students know their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen, here students will explore elements that will support them in future as they transition to adult life. Economics also aims to raise awareness of bills, tax and credit & debit. This will be studied in half term 5 & 6.
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.
Within Personal Development it is an aim to use external speakers and resources to help deliver a range of sessions with our students to ensure they are receiving expert support and information.
Previously we have had St Johns Ambulance, Leeds Wellbeing Sexual Health and the BBC in school to work with our students. We also use PSHE association resources as well as organisations such as Barclays, Speak Up and may more.