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Personal Development (PSHE)

Personal development education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, personal development education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as personal development prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

PSHE Association July 2013

Brooklands Personal Development (PSHE)

Brooklands personal development (PSHE) programme promotes children's personal, social and economic development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens.  Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community.  They learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.  They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.  It gives children an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that are part of being a good citizen and introduces them to some of the principles of prudent financial planning and understanding. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of lifelong learning.

 At Brookland’s School we regard personal development as an important, integral component of the whole curriculum. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that it:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children and of society.
  • Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life.
  • Provides information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically.
  • Encourages our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.

Each pupil receives one 50 minute lesson in the curriculum plus extra time in classtimes and assemblies. We also run personal development and careers days on top of these. With the new statutory guidelines coming into place in September 2020 around RSE (Relationship and Sex Education). We define ‘relationships and sex education’ (RSE), as learning about physical, moral and emotional development that students need in order to understand their own and others sexuality. Whilst knowledge of biology and the reproductive system is important, RSE is concerned with attitudes and values, personal and social skills, respect for self and others, family, stable loving relationships, feelings, gender roles and decision-making. It is about the physical, emotional, social, moral and legal dimensions of human sexuality as well as factual teaching about sex, sexuality and sexual health.

Brooklands personal development team have diverised a whole new curriculum and resources to make sure our pupils have all the up to date knowledge and skills they need for everyday life.  To view what each year group covers please take a look at the supporting documents.  

Personal development has never been so important than at this current time.  Pupils mental health is at the forefront of everyone's concerns.  Brooklands personal development curriculum also has extra resources available if any pupils have concerns about coronavirus and the anxieties around this. There are also lessons if we were to go into lockdown again and how we can best help our pupils. 

It is not just the pupils we want to support, it is parents too.  We have provided a useful website page, which covers a number of different areas to support parents. We have also provided the latest guidelines for parents from the DfE. 

Personal Development Curriculum Overview 2021_22