Personal Development at Harrow Way

Giving students the knowledge and life skills to be healthy and productive citizens.

Personal development promotes personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught program. Our aim is to give young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

All teaching in Personal development takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school’s ethos and values.

The personal development curriculum includes:

  • PSHE (including RSE)

  • British Values

  • SMSC

  • Citizenship / Character Education

  • Careers Education

  • RE

  • Mental and Physical Health

  • Safeguarding Requirements

In addition to curriculum time, we also have outside visitors, enrichment activities, tutor time, assemblies, and a pastoral support system that supports students’ personal development.

Personal development promotes personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive taught program. Our aim is to give young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future. All teaching in Personal development takes place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school’s ethos and values.

What do we study in Personal Development?

Key Stage 3

Year 7

PSHE CITIZENSHIP
  • PSHE
  • The Harrow Way Way – Rules of the School
  • Friendships – positive and toxic relationships
  • Puberty and reproduction
  • Keeping safe (including drugs and alcohol) cycling and road safety
  • County Lines (including gangs)
  • What is anti-social behaviour?
  • E-safety (including wellbeing, staying safe, laws and cyber bullying)
  • Crime in our community, knife crime and sexual crime
  • First Aid
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • Self Esteem and Growth Mindset
  • What Rights should children have?
  • How does local democracy work?
  • What is Crime? (including reasons behind crime, role of police and courts, community prevention of crime)
  • How does the political system work in the UK?

Year 8

PSHE CITIZENSHIP & CAREERS
  • PSHE
  • Human rights
  • Immigration / asylum seekers
  • Bullying (including Prejudice/Discrimination and Homophobia)
  • Prevent – Understanding terrorism, radicalisation, extremism
  • Feelings and family – Emotional intelligence, types and values in families, sibling rivalry
  • Healthy relationships – Divorce and domestic abuse
  • Mental health – Dealing with disappointment, stress and anxiety, link between physical and mental health, eating disorders, coping strategies
  • Healthy living (including diet, exercise and smoking)
  • Growing up – Puberty, sharing nudes and harassment
  • CITIZENSHIP & CAREERS
  • What is the law and how is it changed? (including criminal and civil law, age of responsibility)
  • How can we make a difference in our communities?
  • How is the UK governed?
  • Are people treated equally in UK society?
  • Why do people move around the world?
  • How can we manage money well?

Year 9

PSHE CITIZENSHIP CAREERS IT
  • PSHE
  • Peer on peer harm (including sexual harassment and Child sexual exploitation)
  • Relationship and sex education – Contraception and safe sex, STIs, positive body image
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Drugs education (legal and illegal)
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • What is the nature of the British Constitution?
  • How well does the media hold those in power to account?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the UK democratic system?
  • CAREERS
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Public finances
  • Difference between public/private sector
  • IT
  • E-safety – computer safe, online behaviour, sharing nudes, digital footprints, scamming
RE (WHOLE COHORT) RE GCSE (KS4)
  • RE (WHOLE COHORT)
  • Philosophy – Sanctity of Life, abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, value of life
  • Christianity – forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Islam – peace and authority, forced marriage
  • RE GCSE (KS4)
  • Relationships (marriage, family, sex, contraception, gender equality, divorce)
  • Life and Death (abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, creation, stewardship)
  • Good and evil (morality, crime and punishment)
  • Human Rights (prejudice and discrimination, extremism, censorship, poverty, social justice, exploitation)

Year 10

PSHE CITIZENSHIP CAREERS IT
  • PSHE
  • Sexual Health and well being (including consequences and parenting)
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the legal system? (including who enforces the law, purpose of punishment, types of punishment)
  • How does the UK still play a meaningful role in the international community?
  • How do others govern?
  • CAREERS
  • Academic and vocational routes at colleges and universities
  • Apprenticeship and job opportunities
  • IT
  • Active citizenship (using application of IT including coding)
RE (WHOLE COHORT) RE GCSE
  • RE (WHOLE COHORT)
  • Christianity – beliefs and practices
  • RE GCSE
  • Relationships (marriage, family, sex, contraception, gender equality, divorce)
  • Life and Death (abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, creation, stewardship)
  • Good and evil (morality, crime and punishment)
  • Human Rights (prejudice and discrimination, extremism, censorship, poverty, social justice, exploitation)

Year 11

PSHE CITIZENSHIP CAREERS IT
  • PSHE
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Emotional well being (including exam pressures)
  • CITIZENSHIP
  • The economy/Public Finances
  • Pensions
  • Mortgages
  • CAREERS
  • Next Steps: College, work and apprenticeships
  • Applications for college and applying for jobs professionalism, skills, and qualities
  • Using the application of IT
  • IT
  • The application of IT
RE GCSE
  • RE GCSE
  • Islam – beliefs and practices
  • Relationships (marriage, family, sex, contraception, gender equality, divorce)
  • Life and Death (abortion, euthanasia, death penalty, creation, stewardship)
  • Good and evil (morality, crime and punishment)
  • Human Rights (prejudice and discrimination, extremism, censorship, poverty, social justice, exploitation)

To support our curriculum we also have two personal development days:

Year 9 Spring Term – Sexual Harassment and Rape Culture 15th March

Year 10 Summer Term – Active Citizenship Volunteering/Careers/Work Experience Enterprise (8th July/12th July tbc)