Personal Development

Personal Development aims to:

‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school; and prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.’

The Personal Development curriculum is designed with our students’ needs at the centre.  The programme has been extended to include study skills, careers education, mental health support and what it means to be a  British citizen.  

Personal Development is concerned with personal value systems, attitudes and behaviour.  The curriculum provides the information and skills to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own actions, develop self-awareness and build a positive self-image in order to effectively cope with the demands of modern life.  It aims to promote personal, social and moral responsibility and to develop the ability to use information to make clear and skilled choices in regard to decision-making, communication and relationships.  Personal Development helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.

Personal Development is delivered throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).  The Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) Enrichment Programme incorporates issues within Personal Development.

In Years 7 to 13 we aim to successfully cover the following topics:

1.     Health and Wellbeing

2.     Relationships

3.     Living in the Wider World

Each strand or theme is addressed every year throughout Key Stages 3-4, ensuring consistency and continuity by building on the work of previous years. The five strands are:

  • CCR: Citizenship, Community and Responsibility
  • DRE: Drugs and Risk Education
  • SRE: Sex and Relationships Education
  • PEW: Personal and Emotional Wellbeing
  • PF&EW: Personal Finance and Economic Wellbeing.

What do we study in Personal Development lessons?

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

  • The Misbourne Way – Introduction to the Misbourne
  • Year 7 reading project
  • Study skills
  • What are British Values?
  • Careers and employability

Year 8:

  • Managing money and finances
  • Year 8 reading project
  • Sex and Relationship Education
  • Study skills
  • Drugs education
  • Careers and employability 

Year 9:

  • Year 9 reading project
  • Careers and employability
  • Study skills
  • Drugs education
  • The Tenner Challenge (see pictures at the top of this page)
  • Mental Health

Key Stage 4

Year 10: 

  • RE: Religion and identity
  • Teensleep Study
  • Study skills
  • RE: Religion, Sport and Leisure


Year 11:

  • RE: religion and relationships
  • RE: ultimate questions
  • Study skills
  • Careers and employability



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