At Willington Primary School, Personal Development (P.D.) is a fundamental part of a child’s development. It encourages. promotes, and embeds a range of skills that allow children to be life-long learners. Our personal development curriculum combines with our academic curriculum to ensure that every child can reach their full potential. We want pupils to enjoy school, feel safe and fully supported, be inspired to learn, and develop their character and aspirations.
Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. PD education helps to build pupil’s personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others, helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.
Key parts of our personal development curriculum:
Personal development and wellbeing of pupils is at the heart of our curriculum. This encompasses all learning and experiences within our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Curriculum, our Relationships Curriculum and the range and quality of extra-curricular and enrichment activities we offer.
All aspects of our personal development curriculum are mapped out in the overview of our whole school approach. All learning and experiences are planned progressively to ensure pupils’ knowledge and skills are developed within the context of the whole curriculum and are age appropriate. We refer to the National Curriculum and Government Guidance and also selected quality resources to support teaching and learning. Some elements of PD are taught discretely, others are taught across the curriculum and some are delivered throughout school life. They consist of:
- Personal, Social, Economic and Health Education (PSHE)
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
- Online Safety
- Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
- British Values & Citizenship
- Character Development
- Enhanced opportunities to develop cultural capital