Personal Development Curriculum Aims:
The aim of Eastlea’s Personal Development Curriculum is to provide our students with a variety of learning experiences that support both their personal development and well-being. The curriculum permeates across the school and extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational curriculum and also exists in the everyday interactions that students experience around the school.
Our aims are that it provides for our students’ broader development, enabling them to:
- evolve and discover their interests and talents
- learn how to keep themselves safe and make healthy life choices
- be guided in their long-term plans and decisions so that they can have, and realise, their high aspirations
In particular, much of the content is designed to raise aspirations, broaden students’ Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) experience, increase their awareness around Relationship Sex Health Education (RSHE), their Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) related issues, and to provide relevant and up-to-date Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).
How is the Personal Development Curriculum delivered?
The Personal Development Curriculum is delivered through morning tutor time, termly extended tutor sessions, assemblies, ‘Thoughts of the Week’, parents/carers information evenings and through themed events and celebrations.
Our PSHE and RSHE programmes are tailored to meet our students’ needs and are appropriate to their age. These programmes are delivered as part of the Humanities curriculum at KS3 (Year 7-9), and through termly extended tutor sessions, weekly assemblies and other opportunities at KS4 (Year 10-11). We ensure that the themes are age appropriate, and meets the needs of our students.
SMSC will be delivered through elements of all subjects across our academic curriculum, particularly in Religious Education, and included in Tutor Time and termly extended tutor sessions, weekly assemblies and other weekly/monthly events.
Our CEIAG programme provides activities appropriate to age and need. It aims to provide students with the best possible foundation on which to base not only their post-16 choices following Year 11, but also their options for GCSE subjects in Year 9. Some CEIAG topics are covered in KS3 PSHE, however our more personalised sessions take place on a 1:1 basis with our Career Advisor, assemblies, ‘Thoughts of the Week’ activities, Parents/Carers information evenings, and a careers fair.
Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that our students need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Our students will learn about politics, parliamentary procedures and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. These citizenship skills and knowledge will be delivered through various aspects of our academic and Personal Development Curriculum, which include weekly assemblies, ‘Thoughts of the Week’, our School Council and Student Leadership opportunities.