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Personal Development Intent

At Larches High School, Personal Development is embedded into daily life and across all curriculum areas. The Personal Development Curriculum delivers a holistic ethos that meets the schools aims of Improved Opportunities, Improved Relationships and Improved Life Chances.

In our school, Personal Development education is inclusive and supports all our pupils to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) issues that are part of modern life. We provide our students with opportunities for them to learn about British Values and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

All students receive timetabled Personal Development lessons through a structured PSHE curriculum. These cover the statutory content expected within the PSHE/RSE guidelines (please refer to the PSHE curriculum intent below).  Personal Development content is also embedded through a whole school approach and we utilise form time to deliver key awareness days throughout the year. Our curriculum and focused form time activities are tailored ensure our pupils are prepared for life after Larches High School as a well-rounded citizen in a forever changing society.

At Larches High School, we seek to use Personal Development education to build on the national school curriculum including statutory elements on: drug education, financial education, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum also incorporates religious beliefs through form time activities.

In our school, we have an extensive and dedicated Pastoral Team who work closely with parents/ carers and students. Our Pastoral Team consists of: Family Support, Intervention Team and Behaviour Support. Together they target students and their families with their wellbeing needs and concerns. Staff also work closely with external organisations to provide bespoke support for individuals requiring it. This includes working closely with Children’s Social Care, Child and Family Wellbeing and Operation Encompass.  These teams collaborate effectively to ensure our students are targeted through structured interventions such as: Butterfly, Phoenix, Men at Work, EBSA and ELSA.

We believe at Larches High School that Personal Development plays a vital role in secondary education and it is given a high priority. Our school’s values of Trust, Empower, Responsibility, Respect, Empathy and Individuality are the pillars of our school culture and are embedded into everyday life here at Larches.

Autumn 1

Health and wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1


Spring 2

Health and wellbeing

Summer 1


Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Year 7 Transition to secondary school

Diet, exercise and how to make healthy choices

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers

Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Diversity, prejudice and bullying, including cyber bullying

Managing on- and offline friendships

The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances

Managing puberty and the issues of unwanted contact and FGM

Self-esteem, romance and friendships

Exploring family life

Making ethical financial decisions


Saving, spending and budgeting our money

Year 8 First Aid and personal safety, focusing on road safety

Alcohol and drug misuse and managing peer influence

Rights and responsibilities in the community

Tackling age and disability discrimination

Tackling racism and religious discrimination, promoting human rights

Online safety and digital literacy

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image


Managing change and loss

Introduction to sexuality and consent

Introduction to contraception including condom and the pill

Evaluating value for money in services


Risks and consequences making financial decisions

Year 9 Peer pressure, assertiveness and risk, gang crime

Dieting, lifestyle balance and unhealthy coping strategies

Understanding careers and future aspirations

Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process

Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home

Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism

Managing peer pressure in relation to illicit substances

Assessing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction

Relationships and sex education including healthy relationships and consent

The risks of STIs, sexting and pornography

Planning and carrying out an enterprise project

Reflecting on learning skills development in KS3

Year 10 Transition to KS4 and developing study habits.

Mental health and ill health, tackling stigma.

Understanding the causes and effects of debt

Understanding the risks associated with gambling

Tackling relationship myths and expectations

Managing romantic relationship challenges including break ups

Exploring the influence of role models

Evaluating the social and emotional risks of drug use

Understanding different families and learning parenting skills

Managing change, grief and bereavement

Preparation for work experience

Evaluation of work experience and readiness for work

Year 11 Promoting self-esteem and coping with stress

Learning and revision skills to maximise potential.

Understanding the college application process and plans beyond school

Skills for employment and career progression

Personal values and assertive communication in relationships

Tackling domestic abuse and forced marriage

Health and safety in independent contexts

Taking responsibility for health choices

British values, human rights and community cohesion

Challenge extremism and radicalisation