Personal Development (PDC)

Key Stage 3

Personal Development Curriculum (PDC) at Larkmead School is a planned programme of education through which our students obtain the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives both now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach across key stages 3, 4 and 5 PDC develops the qualities and attributes all students need to succeed as individuals, family members and members of society.

There are numerous benefits to PDC education as it prepares students to manage many of the most acute opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly challenging and changing times. It also enables students to associate and apply the knowledge and understanding they acquire in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure supporting them to fulfil their academic potential.

Year 7

Healthy Safer Lifestyles

Puberty, Personal Hygiene, Healthy Eating, Alcohol and Smoking, Sport for All

Making the Most of my Abilities

Extracurricular Activities, Target Setting, Reflecting on my Progress, Careers, Money Sense

Citizenship

Charity Fund Raising, Children’s Rights, Rights and responsibilities around the school, My Immediate Community

Myself and My Relationships

My Immediate Community, Who am I?, What is diversity?

Year 8

Healthy Safer Lifestyles

Eating Disorders, Healthy Lifestyles, Body Image, Emotional Wellbeing, Personal Safety, Internet Safety, Alcohol, Smoking and Drug Education, Emergency First Aid, SRE-Relationships, SRE-Diversity

Making the Most of my Abilities

Looking Back, Looking Forward, Active Listening Messages without Words, Money sense, Careers, Leaders and Teams, Tracking Reflection

Citizenship

Young people and the law, Breaking the law, Crime and Punishment, Law and Order, Understanding Diversity, National Identity, Diversity at Larkmead, Belonging

Myself and My Relationships

My Family, Conflicts within relationships, Emotional Literacy (SEAL), Negotiation

Year 9

Healthy Safer Lifestyles

Gender differences: fact or fiction?, Sex and Consequences, Contraception: the need to know guide, Teenage pregnancy: could you handle it?, Drugs: types and effects

Making the Most of my Abilities

Looking ahead to year 9, Options and Choices, Managing money, Being a consumer, Careers

Citizenship

How I can contribute to my community, Community Values, What causes problems in communities?, Punishment/Justice, Offenders and victims, Charity Fair

Myself and My Relationships

What happens when relationships breakdown?, How do I manage my feelings?, Is anybody perfect?, How do we cope with loss and bereavement?

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in PDC?

PDC at Larkmead School is a planned programme of education through which our students obtain the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives both now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach across key stages 3, 4 and 5 PDC develops the qualities and attributes all students need to succeed as individuals, family members and members of society.

There are numerous benefits to PDC education as it prepares students to manage many of the most acute opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly challenging and changing times. It also enables students to associate and apply the knowledge and understanding they acquire in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure supporting them to fulfil their academic potential.

How is PDC taught?

PDC is taught in mixed gender and ability tutor groups, the programme is delivered by tutors once a week in a timetabled PDC lesson. This provides a safe and supportive learning environment where students develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are presented and contribute their own views, values and opinions. Students are expected to undertake a range of tasks in lessons; on their own, in pairs, in groups and even whole tutor and year group activities. PDC is closely linked to other whole school approaches such as charity days, arts days and the pastoral support system.

How is PDC assessed?

Assessment is an essential and integral part of effective teaching and learning in PDC lessons. Assessment is used to check that learning is taking place and it celebrates what learners can do, it also highlights where and how students can achieve more. Progress can be acknowledged and celebrated and assessment in PDC informs the next steps and priorities for both teachers and students.

At the end of Key Stage 3 and 4 Citizenship is reported to parents by tutors giving an indication of their level of participation and interest in key issues.