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Pupils receive one lesson a week of Personal Development (PD). PD is taught by form tutors or by outside specialists to pupils in their tutor group environments. PD is taught in all years, from Y7 to Y11.  

The PD Curriculum is designed to address the specific Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) needs of our pupils and to incorporate learning about:

  • Citizenship
  • PSHE (Drugs, Sex and Relationships, Finance, Physical Activity, Healthy Diet) 
  • Careers, Further Education and Training
  • British Values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for people of faith and no faith)
  • Our Christian ethos

Each half term is focused on a line of enquiry.

Programme of Study:


  • What does it mean to be a VB student?
  • CAREERS:  What do I know, what will I learn?
  • How can I look after myself as my body changes?
  • How can I make a positive contribution?
  • What does it mean to be discriminated against?
  • How can I stay safe this Summer?



  • Why is the law important to me?
  • What does it mean to be e safe?
  • CAREERS: What will I choose for my options?
  • What does it mean to have self-esteem?
  • What does it mean to be a citizen in the UK?
  • How can teenage pressures affect my mental health?



  • What are my rights and responsibilities?
  • What does it mean to British?
  • CAREERS: What will I do when I leave school?
  • How can I be sexually active and stay safe?
  • How can drugs affect me?
  • How can I use my money wisely?



  • How can I be successful in my GCSE's?
  • CAREERS.  What do we mean by ambition?
  • What does it mean to be in a healthy relationship?
  • What does it mean to live in a democracy?
  • What happens in a general election?
  • What do I need to think about when I start earning my own money?



  • Study Skills Programme – reducing stress, success and motivation, self-esteem, healthy diet
  • Student specific academic intervention and mentoring

How will pupils learn?

Group discussions and debates, problem solving and thinking skills activities, film stimulus, role-play, reflection, case studies, specialist speakers.


Possible Career Pathways
This is a life skills course that supports all career pathways.
Careers that may be directly linked to the learning include: Counsellor, Social Worker, Teacher, Police Officer, Solicitor, Careers Advisor, Lawyer, Doctor, Nurse, Politician.

Progression Routes:
Further courses in Health and Social Care, Education and Teaching, Law, Politics, Philosophy and Ethics.