Personal Development

Personal Development, guided by the National Curriculum, encourages students to learn more about themselves as growing and changing individuals. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to enable them to make informed decisions about all aspects of their lives, as they develop from children into young adults.

Students will also learn to respect the views, needs and rights of others, including people of different genders, ages and cultures to themselves.

Citizenship forms part of the Personal Development curriculum. Students cover issues such as Rights and Responsibilities, Discrimination, and how they can contribute positively as active, caring citizens both in school and within the communities in which they live.


Learning and undertaking activities in Personal Development contribute to the achievement of all students to become:

  • Confident individuals who are able to make informed decisions and live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who respect the rights of others and make a positive contribution to society.

Personal Development also makes a major contribution to the statutory responsibilities on schools to:

  • Promote children and young people’s well-being
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Provide impartial careers guidance/education and sex education.

KS3 Curriculum

Personal Development lessons take place once a week at Key Stage 3.

Year 7

  • Personal Safety
  • Changes – Puberty
  • Choices – Smoking
  • Attitudes
  • Thinking about the future

Year 8

  • Emotional Well-being
  • Changes – Family
  • Choices – Alcohol
  • Conflict/Safety
  • Discrimination
  • Future Choices

Year 9

  • Options & Choices
  • Personal Finance
  • Changes – Sexual Health
  • Choices – Drugs
  • Personal & Online Safety
  • Preparing for the future – work experience preparation

KS4 Curriculum

Personal Development at Key Stage 4 takes place once a week.

Years 10 & 11

  • Transition to KS4
  • Work experience
  • Choices – addiction
  • Relationships and consequences
  • Sexual Health, risks and consequences
  • Personal responsibility and the law
  • The law on sexual relationships
  • Preparation for transition to college
  • Careers

Trips & Activities

Personal Development is at the heart of all trips and educational visits as they help enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all our learners. They help teach life skills, build on social skills and improve independence and self- confidence.

  • Work Experience Opportunity in Year 10
  • College Taster Day in Year 10
  • University of Chichester led activities in all year groups
  • Further Education activities
  • Visiting speakers from the world of work
  • Visiting speakers from outside agencies
  • Careers Fair


Mrs Helena Jewer – Curriculum Leader Personal Development
Mrs Janet Murray-Brown

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