Personal Development

 At Polden Bower School, Personal Development is the thread that runs through the curriculum, across the timetabled day including leisure times, and offers our children and young people the strategies and skills they need to become active, responsible and respectful members of the wider community. 

Children and young people are known and celebrated as individuals and are challenged to be their very best through the core curriculum, wider curriculum and enrichment opportunities offered to all. 

Through Personal Development we aim to:

  • Develop responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as an adult.
  • Develop young people's understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance
  • Develop young people's character, a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect widely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate with others.
  • Develop young people's confidence, resilience and knowledge so they can keep themselves mentally healthy. 
  • Develop young people's understanding of how to keep themselves physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle. 
  • Develop young people's age-appropriate understanding of healthy and safe relationships.

The Personal Development Curriculum underpins everything we do, it has 8 core strands that support and help our children and young people to 'Believe you can'. These strands are taught through the curriculum and throughout everything we do at Polden Bower School. 

Some of these core strands are taught explicitly through the curriculum, these include:

  • PSHE / Relationships & Sex Education
  • Physical Health 
  • CEIAG 

Other strands link to assemblies, wow and enrichment days, off-site visits and our values which we hold at the centre of everything we do.