Personal Development is an umbrella term used by Oak Lodge to cover the subjects of Personal Health and Social Education (PSHE), Careers, Citizenship and Personal Finance Education. PSHE includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) which is a statutory obligation for maintained schools. Lessons will be appropriate for children’s needs and level of understanding and some topics will be taught in conjunction with other subjects particularly Drama, Mathematics, Science, Food Technology and Physical Education. All pupils have a double lesson of Personal Development a week; however it is considered central to everything that the child experiences at school.
- developing pupils knowledge and understanding and equipping them with skills and strategies to enable them to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives.
- enriching the curriculum using visitors, off site visits and practical learning.
During KS3 pupils will begin by developing ideas around their close communities of school and family. PSHE covers the topics of drug and alcohol education, personal hygiene, risk and personal safety, relationships (friends and family), wellbeing, the emotional, social and physical impact of growing up, healthy lifestyle.
Careers topics include self-awareness; identifying skills and qualities of people and jobs. Personal Finance includes the topics of income and outgoings, budgeting, savings, banking. Citizenship includes the topics of includes politics, rights respect and responsibilities, charity, diversity, environmental education, community.
Pupils are Teacher assessed at the end of each lesson to inform future lessons.
National Curriculum levels for Citizenship levels are used to measure progress through the year.
Pupils begin a Personal and Social development (PSD) qualification in Year 9 and finish this in Year 11 – this is a continually assessed course which requires pupils to develop and evidence their knowledge against set criteria. The qualification is at 3 levels: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- talking to your child about everyday issues and including those highlighted in news stories and soap operas
- discussing topics with your child as they arise on the scheme of work. (See Curriculum Overview).
- encouraging your child to look at both sides of a controversial issue or to describe the emotions of people involved in an issue.