Personal Development

Personal Development at Bourne Community College provides an integrated PSHE, Citizenship, Careers and Work Related Learning programme through weekly lessons throughout Key Stage 3 and through lessons and special events in Key Stage 4.

Lessons are designed to help our young people learn more about themselves as growing and changing individuals, and to cope with the “choices” and “changes” they will be faced with in their lives. They will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire social skills
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Develop their ability in decision-making
  • Gain an understanding of the law involving young people
  • Gain awareness of the impact drugs, alcohol and substance abuse can have on their lives,
  • Understanding the intricacies of relationship and sex education
  • Gaining awareness of the media/social media and the effect it has on our opinions and self-image and the effect their carbon footprint can have on their future
  • exploring the world of work and future careers

Students will also be encouraged 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 emotional and physical well-being
  • Promote community cohesion
  • Provide impartial Careers guidance and Relationships & sex education.



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 activities
  • 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 – Assistant Head – Student Support

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