What is Personal Development?
At Glossopdale School, we believe Personal Development is essential for a student to have good health, wellbeing and preparation for adult life in society. Personal Development is not about the promotion of any ideals, it is about strengthening the knowledge,skills and connections to keep our students healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work.
Glossopdale School is committed to providing a planned programme of Personal Development education for all students in Years 7-13 in partnership with external agencies.
The Department for Education (DfE) states that "all schools should make a plan for PSHE, drawing on good practice"] and that PSHE education is "an important and necessary part of all pupils' education".
At Glossopdale we are fully committed to PD, as we believe it not only supports pupils' health, relationships and wellbeing but also their academic attainment. A DfE review of PSHE education provision found a range of positive outcomes, including improved attitudes to health, being able to deal with personal difficulties and improved behaviour.
Our Personal Development curriculum covers the following key areas:
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Health Related Decisions
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Managing risk and personal safety
Sexual Health and Fertility
Relationships and Sex Education
Forming and maintaining respectful relationships
Contraception and parenthood
Bullying, abuse and discrimination
Living in the wider world
Choices and pathways
Work and career
Employment rights and responsibilities
Media literacy and digital resilience
A Stable Careers Programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with Further and Higher education
Modern British Values and Citizenship
The Rule of Law
What kind of school are we?
What are our expectations of behaviour towards each other?
How well does our curriculum and teaching develop resilience and confidence?
How good is our co-curriculum?
How well do we promote the value of volunteering and service to others?
How do we ensure that all our pupils benefit equally from what we offer?
Other areas of Leadership in the school.
Super Learning Days
One of the ways Personal Development is delivered is through our Super Learning Days (SLDs). The following is the plan for 2021-22:
All staff contribute to Personal Development through their roles as form tutors and subject teachers. The Personal Development Curriculum is planned, monitored and evaluated by the Director and Assistant Director of Personal Development (Years 7 to 11) in consultation with the Asst. Headteacher for Personal Development and KS3. The Post 16 programme is planned by the Assistant Principal for Post 16 in consultation with the Director of Personal Development and Post 16 Leader.
Assessment and Accreditation
The school is currently working towards the Derbyshire School award for Drugs and SRE (Sex and Relationship Education). An LGBTQ+ award is also coming in 2022.
Partnerships and useful website links
Our partnerships are continuing to grow and flourish. These partnerships include:
Derbyshire Children’s services - SRE and Drugs advisors
Derbyshire Education Business Partnership
School nurses text message service- Chat health
Glossop Business Network
Speakers for schools
The Careers and Enterprise company
Drug Sense UK
Outspoken Sex Ed
A parents' guide to relationships and Sex Education
Monitoring, Review and Evaluation
The Director of Personal Development reports regularly to the School Leadership Team and Governors. Feedback is gained from the students through Evaluation sheets (via Google Forms), Student Council and the Student Leaders. Quality Assurance is ascertained through regular learning walks during Tutor Period and Staff Consultation. From Sept 2021, students have PD Exercise books which will also feed into the monitoring, reviewing and evaluation process
Parental access to Personal Development Guidance
Parents can contact the school for advice via the Director and Asst Director of Personal Development in school using the following methods:
Claire Dunkerley (Director)
Phone: 01457 862336 Ext 143
Kirsty Oliver (Assistant Director)
Sex and Relationships Parent Forum Slides: