Within the new assessment framework, published in September 2019, ‘Personal Development’ has been introduced as a new judgement category. At St Paul’s Catholic High School, we aim to prepare learners for life in modern Britain by: acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Our curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical, or vocational. We strive to develop pupils’ understanding of fundamental British values, along with their appreciation of diversity. Within fortnightly PSHE lessons and weekly form time activities within our curriculum, we provide our pupils with a broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents.
This also enhances pupils’ personal characteristics, not only academic achievements. Such characteristics include resilience, confidence, and independence – whilst teaching them how to keep physically and mentally healthy.
We have redesigned our Personal Development curriculum and have outlined our intent within curriculum mapping documents and calendared events throughout the school year.
We quality assure the impact of curriculum intent through observations and discussions with pupils and staff. Our aim through our quality assurance process is to ensure the curriculum, and the range of activities on offer at St Paul’s Catholic High School, contributes to pupils’ personal development. Specific links and references to British values is also demonstrated through our promotion within assemblies, wider opportunities, visits, discussions, and literature within the school.