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Personal Development

Personal Development

Personal Development Subject Intent Statement:

Castle Views personal development curriculum is designed to equip students with the information to support them through the challenges of their formative years, as well as encouraging them to be open-minded global citizens and fully prepared for life in modern Britain. The information provided and nature of the delivery will allow students to make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships and health. Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also many challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

At Castle View School we teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) through a planned, developmental programme of learning. The subject helps pupils develop knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe whilst preparing for life and work in modern Britain. Pupils will not only experience quality first teaching on these subjects but also opportunities to take part in workshops with outside agencies, community projects and theatre productions. They will explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

All pupils will have lessons (KS3 two hours a fortnight and KS4 one hour a fortnight) focusing on these areas in addition to daily 20 minute tutor sessions. These sessions are with experienced members of staff ensuring that the diverse range of topics are covered in supportive and positive learning environments. Please see the below timetables (split for week A and week B) which indicates the tutor time structure.

PSHE/ RSE themes will follow the core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World. The below table indicates where these main themes will be covered under different topic headings throughout 2020-2021.

Within these themes the following topics will be covered in both key stages at appropriate levels, parts of which are also covered in other areas of the curriculum ensuring deeper understanding;

- Emotional health and well being
- Government and politics
- British Values
- Staying safe
- County lines
- Drugs and alcohol
- Careers education
- Personal finance
- Relationship and Sex education (RSE)

As part of the schools Personal, Social and Health Education programme each child will be receiving lessons on relationships, sexual health and puberty. The purpose of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is to provide knowledge and understanding of how relationships can change and developing skills to stay safe. It should develop understanding and attitudes, helping pupils to form relationships in a responsible and healthy manner and to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibilities of parenthood.

We want to instil confidence, knowledge and understanding to ensure our pupils develop into mature and healthy adults who are able to make positive choices. The RSE programme includes a variety of lessons, exploring different topics. All teaching materials are appropriate to the age and emotional maturity of the pupils concerned and the teachers will aim to present the programme in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner. Whilst we cover a lot of this within our Personal Development lessons a lot of this is also covered across our wider curriculum including Science and PE.

The Personal Development programme will cover:

1      Year 7: Recognising healthy relationships, family relationships, puberty and adolescence.
2     Year 8: Types of relationships, communication and sexual health.
3     Year 9: Contraception, Sexual Health, Staying Safe, Types of relationships.
4     Year 10: Types of relationships, Pornography, Contraception
5     Year 11: Sexual Health, Pregnancy, Families

Communication with parents

There is no statutory requirement for end of key stage assessment in these sessions. Due to the nature of the subject, much of class work is discussion based or centred around group work activities. Half termly assessments are completed on teams and pupils have the opportunity to feedback about the subject.

Useful Website Links;

Drug, Alcohol, Smoking - https://www.talktofrank.com/

Puberty, RSE - https://learn.brook.org.uk/

Mental Health - https://www.childline.org.uk/

Rights and Responsibility - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

First Aid - https://www.sja.org.uk/

Healthy Lifestyle - https://www.gov.uk/governmen

RSE - https://www.brook.org.uk

School policies for reference;

- PSHE policy
- RSE policy
- Safeguarding policy
- Anti-Bullying policy


Curriculum Intent Statement Personal Development


Thematic View of Personal Development at Castle View School


Continuous Curriculum Plan - Personal Development:

Our Continuous Curriculum Plans (CCPs) navigate the academic journey of your child by subject from KS2 all the way up into KS5. They allow both staff, students and parents to be clear on what is being taught and where assessments lay in the school year, which in turn, gives students autonomy over their learning as it empowers them to prepare ahead of time. 

Please use the tool below to zoom in so that you can see the details of the curriculum in this subject. 

Continuous Curriculum Plan - Personal Development