Personal Development Curriculum (PDC)
Director of Learning: SMSC
Mrs K Doyle – email@example.com
Mrs A Dudding – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr B Cleaveley – email@example.com
Mr B Grace – BGrace@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk
Mr B Povey – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs C Gardner – email@example.com
Mr C McGovern – CMcGovern@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk
Mr G Goss – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss H Martin – email@example.com
Mr J Stuart – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs J Pentney – email@example.com
Mr J Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms K Huggard – email@example.com
Ms L De Veulle-Filleul – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs M Matchett – email@example.com
Mrs M Sayfoo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss N Nathani – email@example.com
Mrs N Barnes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr R Ashley – email@example.com
Miss S Philip – firstname.lastname@example.org
PDC is taught to all year groups once a fortnight and to the sixth form through the mentor time programme. Students cover the areas of citizenship, personal health and wellbeing, relationships and sex education, financial capability, economic wellbeing and careers education.
The main topics covered include:
Year 7: Respect relationships (including online safety, healthy relationships, puberty and body image), leadership, organization and careers.
Year 8: Crime and the law, Real Love Rocks, resilience and initiative, and careers.
Year 9: Oracy, sex and relationships, communication skills, careers and GCSE option choices.
Year 10: My health, money matters, drugs and alcohol, being a good citizen and careers.
Year 11: Revision skills, resilience and mental health, and careers and post-16 applications.
Students in Key Stage Three will also have the opportunity to take part in an initiative called ‘The Edge.’ This is a nationally accredited scheme run by PiXL in conjunction with employers across the UK to help students to improve key skills and attributes that employers are telling us students need: leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication skills (LORIC). The Edge gives students a qualification which runs alongside their academic successes, recognising what they can do as well as what they know.
The overarching concepts with PDC are:
Identity: personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes, and achievements and what influences these.
Relationships: different types of relationship and what makes a healthy relationship.
A healthy, balanced lifestyle: including physical, emotional and social health.
Risk and safety: personal safety in different situations and how this can be managed.
Diversity and equality: in all its forms.
Rights, responsibilities and consent: including fairness and justice in different contexts.
Change and resilience: as something to be managed and the skills, strategies and inner strength we can draw when faced with challenging change or circumstance.
Power: how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes.
Career: including enterprise and economic understanding