The purpose of Personal and Social Development (PSD) education is to support the development of informed young people who are able to positively manage themselves, their relationships, their aspirations and their place in society.
We believe that the core outcomes are integral to the aim to provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and;
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
In this context the core outcomes for PSD education are young people who:
- Demonstrate high self-esteem, a strong sense of personal identity and resilience
- Make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and those for whom they have a responsibility
- Assess and take managed risks, protect their own safety and are able to take responsibility for the protection and safety of others.
- Understand and relate well to others and form healthy relationships
- Understand and manage conflict
- Positively manage their feelings and emotions
- Respect others and act with integrity
For careers and the world of work:
- Recognise their talents, have aspirations and recognise pathways and opportunities open to them
- Are well prepared for the changing nature of life and work
- Are proactive and enterprising
Students are welcomed to the school, and introduced to a variety of areas, including making a positive contribution to the school, healthy eating and lifestyle choices, how to treat others, internet safety and introducing them to skills and hobbies. They also complete two mornings which address Personal Safety and Wellbeing.
Emotional health play an important part of this year’s study, as does career information, relationships, alongside internet safety and study skills.
In Year 9 we look at more complex issues such as wellbeing, sex education and relationship issues. Pupils also begin to explore GCSE option choices and look at different communities and issues within these.
A separate programme focusing on the academic development of the student is followed, including areas such as mindset, presentation and research skills.
We continue to look at types of relationships in Year 10, and also include family responsibilities. Pupils will address the problem of drugs and get the opportunity to produce and develop their own CV. Prior to the start of the year pupils complete an induction day, which covers areas including CPR, study skills, stress management and careers.
During the course of this year’s work, we include a lot of work on careers and preparing for exams, including managing relaxation and stress. We also look at personal money management, driving and checking for cancer.
Our Year 12 students have three whole afternoons on a specific topic, the first one being a visiting speaker who will address managing stress levels.
Before we send our students out into the world, we feel that it is important to arm them for some of life’s major events. We therefore include modules on preparing for university, transition from university to employment, mental health and topical political issues.