Personal Development Curriculum

Intent

  • Develop students' understanding of PSHE  topics, these  include, but not be limited to health, British Values, Relationships and Sex Education and e-safety. 

 

  • Develop the character of our students to have a holistic set of values that prepare them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever changing community and workplace. Raising awareness of community and environmental issues as well as providing opportunities to enhance skills such as leadership and resilience. 

 

  • Develop behaviours, character traits and habits that enable students to become successful learners.  These are aligned with our whole school vision and values. 

 

  • Develop the moral compass,  social skills and an  understanding  society.  Build a firm set of personal beliefs and to engage in the community they live alongside understanding the communities of others.

 

  • To promote fundamental British values: respect, tolerance, the rule of law and liberty. 

Implementation

  • All students receive a timetabled Personal Development lesson within the fortnightly cycle. This is supplemented by our Beliefs & Values (R.S) curriculum alongside tutor time, assemblies and drop down days. 

 

  • Our Personal Development curriculum map is refined in line with national and local priorities, and statutory requirements.

 

  • Tutor time and the Personal Development  programme thoughtfully matches knowledge sequenced in assemblies and whole school messages.

 

  • Our Read to Succeed tutor time programme  ensures equity of exposure to challenging literature, insisting on all students reading aloud and sharing experience.

 

  • The Personal Development curriculum is also supplemented by our  pastoral provision, enrichment opportunities and the wider curriculum.

 

  • For more information on our Personal Development provision and curriculum please follow the link below- 

 

https://www.midsomernortonschoolspartnership.com/uploads/files/personal-development-curriculum-30.pdf

Our Personal Development Learning Journey

     For further information please follow the link below-

https://www.midsomernortonschoolspartnership.com/uploads/files/personal-development-roadmap.pdf

 

Assembly Programme

Assemblies enrich  our curriculum provision with a comprehensive and inspirational assembly programme to support our students’ personal development and raise their awareness and appreciation of key issues, faiths, events and practices.

Assemblies occur in tutor time in year groups, to support age appropriate guidance and content. Assemblies can be extended to create time to allow guest speakers and deliver external programmes for example, Road Safety, E-safety, etc.

Assemblies are also used to provide an opportunity to keep students informed aboutimportant current events of national and international significance. Examples of these include; the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza; The death of the Queen and the King’s Coronation; Remembrance Day and religious festivals such as Ramadan. 

To access our assembly programme, please follow the link below-

 

https://www.midsomernortonschoolspartnership.com/uploads/files/assembly-programme-30.pdf

Character Development

Our vision and values sit at the heart of our curriculum, ensuring that students get the best education and opportunities. Students are taught explicitly and  implicitly about the  behaviours required to be successful students, fully integrated members of our community and well rounded young individuals. 

 

Our character traits and the ‘show me your best’ framework are taught to the students through- 

 

  • Assembly programme 

  • Tutor time activities

  • Rewards and celebration

  • Participation and Enrichment Programme 

 

 

We believe that character education is best taught through whole school expectations, ethos and culture, alongside planned curricular opportunities, that all students will experience universally.  The school promotes character traits that link to its vision and values.

In order to promote positive behaviour and teach these explicitly, students are taught to ‘Show me your best’.  We believe that all students should be the best version of themselves. Staff are encouraged to use positive language to remind students of appropriate learning behaviours. These are  rewarded and recognised by staff as part of our rewards and praise procedures. Assembly and form time sessions are  also dedicated to teaching these behaviours. 

 

Participation and Enrichment

Wider opportunities are planned as part of the school’s universal offer, so all students experience character building and teaching within the taught curriculum. We go above and beyond for disadvantaged students and their families, shaping futures and potentially changing lives. Students know that they have a voice in the school and contribute effectively.

 

Creative & Arts 

Peripatetic Lessons 

School Production 

Termly music concerts 

Assembly Performances

Music Practise Lunch and Break

Music Club  

Theatre Workshops 

Creative writing club

Visiting authors 

Art Club  

Art & Photography Exhibitions 

Theatre Trips 

National Gallery visits and trips 

STEM 

Aircraft Challenge Stem Day 

Flight Club 

Coding Workshop 

THALES Events 

Sports 

Swimming for beginners 

Exeter Chiefs coaching 

Visiting coaches and workshops

Dance workshops 

Sports Clubs and Competitions 

Wider Enrichment 

Lego Club 

Study Centre 

‘Fix Up’ Motivational workshops Years 10-11 

MADE Revision workshops Years 9-11

European Languages week and events 

Public Speaking and Debate competitions 

Maths Challenge Competitions 

Duke of Edinburgh 

KS3 Residentials 

Trips and Visits to locations of local and national significance 

Battlefields Trips 

Reward/Celebration trips and activities e.g. Thorpe Park, Crealey 

Leadership 

Sport Leadership 

Prefect Team

Student voice and Ambassador roles

Roles in recruitment (student panels & tours) 

House Captains  

Careers

Year 10 Work Experience 

Year 8 College Taster Days 

Career’s Fair 

Assemblies and talks from Post 16 Providers 

Bath University Visit 

Work experience 

Mock Interviews with employers 

Young Enterprise 

Impact

  • Our students will have high aspirations, and good subject knowledge that will allow them to make appropriate, and safe decisions in their personal lives. 
  • By the time they leave our academy, personal, social and health education (PSHE) enables our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It helps them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up
  • Our students, regardless of starting point, will have a broad understanding of a range of issues that affect them, and positive personal characteristics that allow them to be productive and successful young members of modern society. Our curriculum allows pupils to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society.
  • Students will  develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
  • All children understand the importance of PSHE, RS, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school.