Personal Development (including PSHE and RSE)

Personal Development is an integral part of Ladybridge, and is interwoven into all aspects of their school life. As part of a whole school approach, Personal Development Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, members of their community, and as members of society. It encompasses an extensive range of skills, through a variety of topics, which prepares our pupils for life in modern Britain. These skills and attributes often can’t be evidenced in books, but instead they can be seen through our pupils’ behaviour, respect, and integrity.


Our Personal Development Curriculum includes Personal, Social and Health education (OUR Big Question) physical and mental well-being, Relationships and sex Education (RSE), and British Values (THE Big Question). Together, these provide our pupils with a sense of pride, belonging, as well as developing cultural capital, a strand which underpins all of our teaching and learning at Ladybridge.



Our School Community

At Ladybridge, we serve a highly religious community, diverse in economic terms (with a significant % living in the most deprived areas), with an above average level of mobility. It is essential therefore, that our Personal Development curriculum supports the needs of our community, whilst meeting the aims of the National Curriculum. We value the role parents play in enhancing their children’s understanding of relationships, sex and health. We also understand how important parents’ views are in shaping the curriculum.


Our Personal Development Curriculum has been developed with staff, governors and parents, for this reason. Pupils learn age-appropriate content, and acquire knowledge about healthy lifestyles, both physical and mental, healthy relationships, drugs and medicines, anti-bullying and British values. The curriculum is progressive, builds upon prior knowledge taught in previous year groups, providing a smooth transition into the next stage of their education.


Curriculum Aims

Our Personal Development Curriculum focuses on developing our pupils’:


  • Interests and talents
  • Character
  • Next steps/ future successes
  • Citizenship
  • Understanding of equality and diversity
  • Understanding of British values
  • Awareness of mental health



Our Personal Development curriculum aims to develop the following skills in all of our pupils.


  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving and resilience
  • Self confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Integrity
  • Work ethic
  • Leadership



Our Personal Development curriculum includes planned activities, visits, and themed days which:


  • promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, and social development,
  • enriches their lives and those of others, within their community and beyond,
  • makes them proud of their British values and the diverse society of which they belong, play an active part in. as and contribute to.


At Ladybridge, Personal Development is taught:


  • Discreetly as a weekly lesson (PSHE - OUR Big Question and THE Big Question)
  • Through assemblies
  • Class discussions and circle time
  • As and when issues arise to meet the needs of our pupils
  • Through cultural capital building activities e.g. educational visits and visitors and themed events.


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