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Personal Development

At RGTS we have a whole school approach to our Personal Development provision. The aim of the ‘Personal Development’ programme is to equip our graduates with the skills required to live healthy, well informed, independent, and financially literate lifestyles, within modern British society.

At each key stage across the Foundation and Trust Schools, we offer a broad and balanced ‘Personal Development’ curriculum which explores the core themes of Health and Wellbeing (Mental and Physical Health) Relationships Sex Education and Living in the Wider World (SMSC & Citizenship) which helps enable our students to better navigate the world as true global citizens.

Personal Development is delivered through our Tutor Time Programmes, Enrichment Activities, Themed Assemblies, Targeted Workshops which are sometimes facilitated by External Agencies and Bespoke Personal Development Lessons which take place once each half term for 50 minutes. In addition, some Personal Development topics and issues are further explored through our Core Graduate Curriculum.

Personal Development Curriculum

The Personal Development curriculum offers our students a variety of opportunities to explore the following three core themes as outlined by the DfE: Health and Wellbeing, (Mental and Physical Health) Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Living in the Wider World (SMSC & Citizenship). Once each half-term the core curriculum is collapsed across the whole school and 50 minutes is dedicated to a bespoke lesson which explores one of the core themes. In addition, for the entire half-term the theme is explored through a range of activities during tutor time.

Example of Year 7 PD Curriculum

Term

Core Theme

Exploration

Exploration Aims

Autumn 1

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Becoming a Teenager: An Exploration of Puberty

To understand the physical and emotional effects hormonal changes have on the body during puberty

Autumn 2

Health and Wellbeing (Mental and Physical Health)

I Matter:  An Exploration of Personal Hygiene and Self Care

To understand the importance of having good personal hygiene and the effects poor personal hygiene can have

Spring 1

Living in the Wider World (SMSC & Citizenship)

Navigating the World Wide Web: An Exploration of how to safely use the Internet

To understand how to navigate the internet safely

To understand the positive and negative effects of social media

Spring 2

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The best relationships start with Respect:

An exploration of how to nurture positive relationships

To understand the role respects plays in developing positive friendships and relationships

Summer 1

Health and Wellbeing (Mental and Physical Health)

Becoming You: An Exploration of how to nurture positive self-esteem

To understand the role positive self-esteem plays in living a healthy life style

Summer 2

Living in the Wider World (SMSC & Citizenship)

Know your Rights: An Exploration of British Governance

To understand how the British government works

Assembly Programme

Wk

W/C

Assembly Topic

Leader

Religious/

Cultural Events

Word of the Wk/DEAR

Thunks for the Week

Term 1

1

02/09

Boot Camp

 

International Day of Democracy

Participation

If elephants ruled the world, what changes would you see?

2

09/09

RGTS Expectations

 

 

 

 

3

16/09

New Year New Me

 

European Day of Languages

 

Respect

What would you get if you crossed a rabbit with a cabbage?

4

23/09

Black History Month Launch

 

 

Black History Month starts

Integrity

Can you have a friend that you don’t really like?

5

30/09

Leadership and Responsibility - HWA Student voice, Student Council Elections

 

World Architecture Day

Identify

What is more important, being right or being nice

6

07/10

Mental Health (Kindness Week)

OSA

Mental Health Day

Excellence

Is there more future or more past?

7

14/10

Inquiry and open mindedness

 

 

Assess

If you paint over a window is it still a window?

Term 2

 

1

28/10

Heroes – inspiration, positive attitudes, values Black History Month

OSA  

Movember Prostate Cancer Awareness

Explore

If I borrow a million pounds am I a millionaire?

2

04/11

Peace and Conflict (Remembrance Day – 11th November)

JRA

Stress Awareness Day

Justify

If I had a million pounds, and bought a million pound house, would I still be a millionaire?

3

11/11

Cyberbullying

GUSTAV

Anti-Bullying Week

 

Relate

Is it ever right to bully a bully?

4

18/11

Road Safety

YTA Lead

Road Safety Week

Contrast

If you see someone being bullied, should you do anything about it? If you don’t should you feel guilty?

5

25/11

Confidence

CLO

World Aids Day

 

 

Apply

Can a baby commit a crime?

6

02/12

Healthy life   

KEATS

 

Empathy

If you say sorry but don’t mean it does it count?

7

09/12

British Values – Democracy

PMA

International Volunteer Day

Human Rights Day

Annotate

 

8

16/12

Rewards Assembly

CLO

International Migrants Day [25/12]

Review

If a rabbit ran in front of the car should I feel guilty about hitting it?

Term 3

1

06/01

New Year, New You

CLO

New Year

Define

If you could take a pill to make you happy, would you?

2

13/01

British Values – Mutual respect  

JRA

World Religion Day

Compare

If you could take a pill that meant you would never fail, would you?

3

20/01

LGBT equality

AFI

 

Illustrate

Is black a colour?

4

27/01

Holocaust

JACKSON

Holocaust memorial day

Diversity

If I switch the lights off, does the wall change colour?

5

03/02

Building on difficulties and hardships

FRANKLIN

World Cancer Day

Outline

Can you cast a shadow into a dark room?

6

10/02

Internet Safety

HCL

Safer Internet Day

 

 

Term 4

1

24/02

Spring

CLO

World Cancer Day

Give

Is a white sheet of paper more blank than a black one?

2

02/03

Literacy (the value of words)

LCA  

National Careers Week/World Book Day

Interpret

If you read a paper in a shop without paying for it, is that stealing?

3

09/03

British Values – Individual liberty – Science Week

TMO

Religious/British Science and Engineering week

Consider

If I ask if I can steal your pen and then steal it is that stealing?

4

16/03

International Women’s Day

FAL

 

Prove

Can I be accused of cheating if I don’t know the rules?

5

23/03

Celebrating Difference week

KS3 Pastoral/SEND

 

Summarise

If we borrow every single book from the library is it still a library?

6

30/03

Easter Celebration Assembly

CLO

 

 

 

Term 5

1

20/04

Summer Term – Preparation

FAL

 

Create

Which is heavier, an inflated or deflated balloon?

2

27/04

Target setting/ Aspirations

LCA

Holocaust Memorial Day

Estimate

If I follow instructions I know are wrong am I to blame?

3

04/05

Student Council

TMO

St. George’s Day

Examine

What colour would a zebra be if it lost its stripes?

4

11/05

Gifts and Talents

TURING

 

Discuss

If I lose my memory am I still the same person?

5

18/05

Journeys

AFI

 

Develop

If I give a beggar money will it encourage him to keep begging?

Term 6

1

01/06

Encouragement

JRA

D-Day Landings

Analyse

If the hands fall off my clock is it still a clock?

2

08/06

Dependence and Independence

PMA

 

Comment

Are clouds in above or under the sky?

3

15/06

Resilience

MIRZKHANI

Summer solstice/Fathers Day

Calculate

What is the most important part of a fork?

4

22/06

Global learning

FAL

 

Deduce

How many bricks is a wall?

5

29/06

Staying safe

HCL

 

Suggest

Can you stand on the same beach twice?

6

06/07

Summer opportunities

OSA

 

Evaluate

If you fill a room with bricks is it still a room?

7

13/07

Summer Rewards Assembly

CLO

 

Complete

Does air weigh anything, if yes do I weigh less when I breathe out?

8

20/07

 

 

 

 

 

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