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Personal Development

 

subject overview

As Personal Development Teachers we place pupil’s development at the heart of each lesson. We want to develop learners into responsible adults who make sustained and valuable contributions to their local communities, and society, through active citizenship and embodying British values. We  aims to provide students with a curriculum which enables them to develop knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures and key aspects of living a responsible life including healthy relationships. Within our topics we foster an attitude of tolerance, understanding and value towards  differences of any kind.  We aim to raise the aspirations and opportunities of all learners such that they realise their potential by acquiring a place at a university, an apprenticeship, or a career of their choice. We hope to develop learners who are ready to thrive in Britain and the wider  world by knowing how to keep healthy and safe, be financially sound, and reflective.

unit overview - Relationship and Sex Education 

Subject: Relationship and Sex Education  

Skills

  • Analyse others feelings and values
  • Organisation of strategies to deal with difficult situations.
  • Selecting effective ways of resisting pressure,
  • Developing communication skills via presentations.
  • Developing a range of vocabulary using knowledge organisers
  • Identifying and accessing help and support
  • Clarifying own values
  • Showing empathy and compassion
  • Evaluate when a situation can be resolved safely and effectively by a young person themselves and when additional support may be required

Knowledge

  • Throughout  Year 9-10 learners will gain knowledge on:
  • Right responsibilities and risks in relation to the law and online.
  • How to manage personal data
  • Harmful content online
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • What is meant by grooming
  • Forced Marriage
  • Domestic violence
  • The law on consent
  • Details of extremism
  • Intimate relationships reproductive health including fertility and contraception
  • Pregnancy, miscarriage and pregnancy choices
  • Sexual Transmitted infections
  • Dangers of risky behaviour

Rationale

The Relationship and Sex Education scheme of learning covers aspects of the Government´s requirement that all secondary schools in England teach Relationships and Sex Education (SRE). The SRE guidance states ‘To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. These subjects can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support’

Taking the above into consideration we have put together a curriculum which has been thought out and much consideration has been given to what is deemed as age appropriate. The lessons in year 9-10 build on from the content delivered at KS3. For example in year 7 learners are taught about healthy relationships, in year 8 learners look at different types of relationships and in year 10 learners will explore intimate relationships and risky behaviour.  

Our curriculum includes lessons on topics such as FGM, according to the Harrow Council website  Between April 2015 and March 2016, 70 women or girls (i.e. under 18) in Harrow were identified as having had FGM at some point in their lives.  Compared to the rest of the local authorities in England, Harrow ranks joint 27th highest and joint 19th highest in London’ as such we feel educating young people about the risks is vital and informing them where support is available will lower risks.

At the heart of every lesson is the aim of educating learners on how to stay safe and to ensure they understand risks and to be well informed about where they can go for help if in an unwanted situation.

 Our Relationships education, RSE, aims to ensure pupils are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need       to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships.

knowledge Organiser

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.