Welcome to the Personal Development Department

Personal Development is a subject that combines PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), Citizenship, Careers and RE (Religious Education).

 

Personal Development lessons at Hayfield School are dynamic, relevant and thought provoking. They encourage students to reflect on and make informed decisions about many of the challenging personal and ethical issues that they will face in the modern world. We endeavor to equip students with knowledge of the world around them and to provide a forum in which they can develop insight and good decision making skills.

Personal Development lessons involve a variety of teaching and learning styles, including independent research, small group and whole class discussions, role-play, demonstrations, projects, DVD clips, PowerPoints, worksheets and practical activities. This enables the students to explore important issues in an exciting way that suits all learning styles and enhances the students learning experience.

Questioning is a key component to Personal Development lessons – students will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions on a variety of issues!

 

What our students have to say…

“I think Personal Development is great because you can express your feelings about topics that you might not feel comfortable saying in front of others. It makes you realise that problems you are having, your classmates probably will be too.”

Dylan Whitaker Yr8

“Personal Development has helped me and other students lots. It has boosted our confidence, given us advice on certain topics and reassured us about things.”

Jasmine Truman Yr8

“I like Personal Development because it prepares you for the outside world and adulthood.”

Semi Awe Yr8

KS3 Personal Development

 

Subject objective

 

The aim of Personal Development is to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical development of all students. We aim to encourage our students to be citizens who positively contribute to society and who uphold fundamental British values such as respect.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

All students in KS3 have an Extended Tutor lesson of half an hour once a week where their Tutor delivers Personal Development (alongside specialist teachers and guest speakers where appropriate). Students also cover Personal Development topics through Haydays and assemblies.

 

Year 7

  • Friendships
  • Anti-bullying
  • Puberty
  • What do you believe? – exploring ideas about whether God exists or not and different religious and scientific theories about how the world began
  • Equality and Respect – exploring Sikhism
  • Diversity – involving planning a community festival
  • Safety – covering rail safety, fire safety, safety in the home and out and about, water safety and dealing with emergencies
  • Careers (Hayday)
  • PiXL Edge Programme

 

Year 8

  • Challenging stereotypes and prejudice
  • Healthy lifestyles – covering alcohol, smoking, e-cigs and drugs
  • Exploring beliefs – looking at parables, miracles and Easter
  • Crime and the law
  • Democracy (Hayday)
  • Relationships – examining different types of love and conflict resolution
  • PiXL Edge Programme

 

Year 9

  • Mental Health awareness
  • Rights and responsibilities in society
  • Points of view – including animal rights, our responsibility with the environment etc. and covering different religious teachings
  • Social justice
  • Financial awareness (Hayday)
  • RSE – STI’s, contraception and unplanned pregnancy
  • Safety, Health and Wellbeing (Hayday)

 

KS4 Personal Development

 

Subject objective

 

The aim of Personal Development is to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical development of all students. We aim to encourage our students to be citizens who positively contribute to society and who uphold fundamental British values such as respect.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

All students in KS4 have an Extended Tutor lesson of half an hour once a week where their Tutor delivers Personal Development (alongside specialist teachers and guest speakers where appropriate). Students also cover Personal Development topics through Haydays and assemblies.

 

There are no exams and we don’t currently offer any qualifications in Personal Development; however we do strive to prepare students for their future by helping them develop the skills needed for further study and the world of work, as well as basic life skills.

 

Year 10

  • RSE – STI’s, contraception and unplanned pregnancy
  • Inspirational People Inspiring Change (Hayday)
  • Religion and Ethics in the Media
  • War and Peace – Is war ever justified? How can we ensure anti-extremism?
  • The UK legal system
  • Democracy in the UK and wider world
  • Charity (Hayday)

 

Year 11

  • Post 16 Options – Applications and Interviews
  • Financial Awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation (Hayday)
  • The big questions – When does life begin? Is there life after death? Should we allow euthanasia? Do we have a responsibility to help the poor? etc.
  • Preparing for exams – Personal study / Revision

 

—Attach PD Overview—

 

Staffing:

 

Mrs M. Pryce (Head of Department)

Mr R. Hough (Head of Department)

 

Contact:

For further information please contact Mr R. Hough or Mrs M. Pryce (Heads of Department) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at rho@thehayfieldschool.co.uk or mpr@thehayfieldschool.co.uk