Personal Development Tutor Programme

We must become the change we want to see

Mahatma Gandhi

Intention

To prepare students for life beyond school

To create a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

To deliver engaging and informative Personal Development lessons, fostering essential life skills, critical thinking, self-awareness and wellbeing in our students, so that they gain the knowledge and confidence to navigate the challenges of adolescence and beyond.

Curriculum Content

Our Personal Development curriculum empowers students to become well-rounded individuals, fostering their personal & social development alongside academic excellence.

Personal Development equips students with essential life skills, nurtures their character and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of life beyond the classroom.

There are 3 strands within our Personal Development curriculum:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Character Building
  • Living in the Wider World

Health and Wellbeing

– Encompasses various aspects of physical and mental wellbeing, including healthy relationships (RSHE)

– Students learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle

– They also explore mental health awareness, stress management and strategies for coping with challenges

Overall, this strand aims to empower students to take care of their physical and mental health and to make informed choices for their wellbeing  

Character Building

– Focuses on developing qualities and traits that contribute to personal growth and positive interactions with others

– Students engage in activities that promote values such as respect, empathy, integrity and resilience

– They learn about setting and pursuing goals, making responsible decisions and exhibiting ethical behaviour

Overall, this strand aims to cultivate a strong sense of self awareness and ethical values that guide students’ actions and interactions in various life situations

Living in the Wider World

– Helps students understand their roles and responsibilities as members of a broader community and society

– Students explore concepts related to citizenship, social justice, diversity and global awareness

– Students learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens as well as the impact of their actions on the local and global communities

Overall, this strand encourages students to become informed, engaged citizens who contribute positively to society and address real-world challenges

Year 7

AutumnSpringSummer
Character Building Aspirations – setting achievable goals: – exploring interests
Health and Wellbeing National Fitness Day/Healthy Eating – the importance of regular exercise for physical health and wellbeing – understanding benefits of a healthy diet for overall wellbeing
Living in the Wider World Black History Month -explore the achievements, contributions and struggles throughout history Anti-Bullying Week – raise awareness about the importance of kindness, respect and unity to prevent bullying and create a safe environment Careers – tackling stereotypes and broadening horizons – explore a range of career sectors – understand career pathways Values – British Values as foundational principles that shape a cohesive society. – understand key values – explore respect and compassion
Character Building Aspirations – setting goals: – reflecting on future – explore difference between private and public aspiration
Health and Wellbeing Healthy Relationships (RSHE) – introducing age-appropriate concepts about friendships, emotions and personal boundaries while promoting respect and open communication. – relationships with friends and family – understand what a healthy relationship looks like – understand changing bodies through adolescence
Living in the Wider World Internet Safety Week – basic concepts of online safety – how to protect personal information and interact safely online Science Week – basic scientific concepts – igniting curiosity about the natural world
Character Building Emotional Intelligence – ability to understand and manage own emotions – empathise and navigate the emotions of others – self-awareness and strategies to manage self-awareness  
Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing – concept of emotional wellbeing – basic strategies for managing stress and emotions Healthy Eating Week – balanced nutrition – making nutritious food choices – understanding benefits of a healthy diet for overall wellbeing
Living in the Wider World  Involvement in Environment – introduce sustainability and fairtrade concepts – understanding how choices can impact the planet and global communities  


Year 8

AutumnSpringSummer
Character Building  Aspirations – setting goals: – refining interests – reflecting on previous year and setting goals for the coming year
Health and Wellbeing National Fitness Day/Healthy Eating – understanding various types of physical activities and their benefits – the importance of staying active as part of a balanced lifestyle – impact of dietary choices
Living in the Wider World Black History Month – recognise the important impact on society, culture and history Anti-Bullying Week – promote understanding, empathy and action against bullying, encouraging students to stand up to bullying Careers – career pathways and raising expectations – Explore career pathways – understand job roles and opportunities  Values – a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity – understanding the responsibilities that come with the rights and freedoms valued in UK – explore why equality, patience and tolerance is important in society
Character Building Aspirations – setting goals – personal growth and role models: – reflect on role models and link to personal aspiration and development – Setting high aspirations, reflecting on the future
Health and Wellbeing Healthy Relationships (RSE) – providing students with a foundational understanding of their changing bodies and the importance of respectful interactions – knowledge of contraception options -understand STIs and their risks and protection – understand the law regarding sharing indecent images
Living in the Wider World  Internet Safety Week – cyberbullying, social media etiquette – the importance of critical thinking when consuming online content  Science Week – encouraging critical thinking and deeper exploration of scientific principles    
Character Building Emotional Intelligence – developing a deeper understanding of emotions, practicing self-regulation and enhancing interpersonal skills – exploring self-management and strategies for self-management
Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing – explore the importance of self-care, resilience and understanding mental health stigma Healthy Eating Week – impact of dietary choices on physical/mental health – portion control – food labelling
Living in the Wider World Involvement in Environment – exploring how politics, pressure groups and peaceful protest can drive environmental change and influence decision making    

Year 9

AutumnSpringSummer
Character Building Aspirations – setting goals – reflecting on previous year and setting goals for the coming year
Health and Wellbeing National Fitness Day/Healthy Eating – role of fitness and different fitness options – understanding of the positive impact regular exercise on overall health – understanding nutritional needs
Living in the Wider World Black History Month – acknowledge the historical and ongoing achievements, cultural significance and societal contributions Anti Bullying Week – building a culture of inclusivity and respect, aiming to empower students to address and combat all forms of bullying Careers – researching and preparing for change – explore current and potential future job roles, evaluate a range of careers related information. – Understand career possibilities Values – critically examine issues related to human rights, social justice and equality – explore human rights, children’s rights and civil liberties
Character Building Aspirations – understand key traits of aspiration – Setting high aspirations, reflecting on the future
Health and Wellbeing Healthy Relationships (RSE) – understanding of sexual health, responsibilities and respectful behaviours  – understand the term ‘sexual consent’ – understand the law regarding sexual violence – explain the impact of alcohol and drugs with regards to consent
Living in the Wider World Internet Safety Week – significance of strong passwords, recognising online scams and respecting others digital boundaries Science Week – fostering a broader understanding of how science impacts everyday life    
Character Building Emotional Intelligence – refining the ability to recognise and manage emotions – exploring social awareness and strategies
Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing – common mental health challenges, breaking down stereotypes and promoting open conversations Healthy Eating Week – exploring connection between diet and energy levels – understanding the nutritional needs of different age groups – analysing the influence of media and advertising on food choices
Living in the Wider World Involvement in Environment – the role of media and the positives/negatives – how laws are created    

Year 10

AutumnSpringSummer
Character Building Aspirations – setting goals – Setting high aspirations, reflecting on the future – reflecting on previous year and setting goals for the coming year
Health and Wellbeing National Fitness Day/Healthy Eating – emphasising the role of fitness in maintaining focus and wellbeing during academic and personal pursuits – mindful eating
Living in the Wider World Black History Month – the influence on global history, culture and social progress Anti-Bullying Week – explore complexities of bullying – encouragement to actively contribute to a safe and empathetic school environment Careers – start planning for post-16 education and career paths – Experience in at least one careers sector –  evaluate plans for the future, understand decisions and the importance of hard/soft skills Values – fostering informed citizenship and an awareness of the broader societal impact of individual actions  – Explore Discrimination and Extremism
Character Building Aspirations – reflecting on role models and aspiration
Health and Wellbeing Healthy Relationships (RSE) – develop critical thinking skills and make informed decisions about sexual health, relationships and wellbeing – Sexual advice and reproductive health
Living in the Wider World Internet Safety Week – explore complexities of online relationships, digital footprints and the potential consequences of sharing personal information on the internet Science Week – specialised areas of science, preparation for more advanced studies and potential career paths    
Character Building Emotional Intelligence – awareness of the impact of emotions on decision making – explore relationship management and strategies
Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing – different mental health disorders, coping mechanisms and resources available  Healthy Eating Week – sustainable food choices – mindful eating – managing special dietary needs – evaluating the role of nutrients in supporting physical performance and long-term health
Living in the Wider World Involvement in Environment – impact of national and global part politics    

Year 11

AutumnSpringSummer
Character Building Aspirations – setting goals – Setting high aspirations, reflecting on the future – reflecting on previous year and setting goals for the coming year – preparing for GCSEs’
Health and Wellbeing National Fitness Day/Healthy Eating – the importance of incorporating fitness as a lifelong habit – understand how regular physical activity contributes to a balanced lifestyle beyond education – focusing on lifelong health and wellbeing
Living in the Wider World Black History Month – understanding of the contributions to various aspects of society, encouraging reflection and appreciation Anti-Bullying Week – discussions and actions against bullying – emphasising the responsibility of becoming role models and creating a supportive atmosphere for all Careers – decisions about further education or employment – colleges & apprenticeships – sixth form – T-levels – Career pathways – CV guidance
Character Building Aspirations – reflecting on role models and aspiration
Health and Wellbeing Healthy Relationships (RSE) – providing students with knowledge and skills to foster respectful, safe and responsible interactions – understanding healthy boundaries – planning for future relationships
Living in the Wider World Internet Safety Week – online privacy, managing online reputation and understanding the legal and ethical aspects of digital behaviour Science Week – gain insight into the real-world applications of scientific research    
Character Building Emotional Intelligence – recognise, understand and manage emotions as well as those of others in social situations
Health and Wellbeing Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing – tools to recognise the signs of mental health issues offer support and reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help
Living in the Wider World GCSE exam period during this time.  

STAFF

  • Miss E Brooks – Subject Lead for the Tutor Programme
  • Ms S Hutchinson – Assistant Headteacher