What is Personal Development?
CCEA defines Personal Development as:
'Encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally, socially and physically effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives; To become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives’.
Taking this definition, it means more than the continuum of life skills. It is a process that involves the entire world of the young person, of which school can play a significant part. Personal development involves knowledge, attitudes, skills, relationships and behaviour that can be utilised in and outside the classroom. This involves thinking processes, managing emotions, values and relationships along with a range of life skills that assist young people is coping with the challenges of every day living. This is inclusive of their present needs and helping them in their development toward adulthood.
Ofsted say that good Personal Development in school is when, "Pupils are prepared for life in modern Britain, and understand how to be responsible, active citizens that contribute positively to society. Effective promotion of equality and diversity within the school. Students are prepared for future success in education, employment or training."
Our vision statement, "As a church school, we aspire to live life in all its fullness..." encompasses the need for personal development. Through visitors, visiting new places, spiritual moments, career aspirations, charity events, new experiences, special worships and learning about current affairs, our children are guided to Love Faith. Love People. Love Learning. and as a result, able to develop their talents, strengths, abilities and more, for a life lived in all its fullness.
Please click on the link below to see our Personal Development matrix. It identifies every aspect of our curriculum where children's personal development is enhanced.