Personal Development Learning (PDL)

PDL (Personal Development and Learning) is delivered through two channels:

  • Years 7, 8 and 9 receive one timetabled lesson of PDL per fortnight
  • All year levels receive one tutor-led lesson of PDL per week

Within PDL, pupils study a range of topics, encompassing elements of PSHE and Citizenship, and Religious Education in Key Stage 4. Links are made to British values such as democracy, liberty and respect, and to other curriculum subjects where possible. Pupils are encouraged to question their own thoughts, provide justifications for their beliefs, and challenge others’ ideas.

Where possible, topics covered in timetabled PDL and Tutor PDL in Years 7, 8 and 9 overlap to help pupils to understand the vast nature of these issues.

In Tutor PDL, visitors are regularly invited to present to pupils to enhance pupils’ understanding of lesson content. Guests for this year include Steve Brine MP, speaking about Parliament and politics to Year 7 pupils; a local magistrate, discussing Crime and Punishment with Year 10; and Tracy Long-Sutehall, Senior Research Fellow at Southampton University, who will speak to Year 9 pupils about organ donation.

Additional Drop-Down Days provide an opportunity for multiple speakers to present to pupils. In December 2016, Year 11 pupils attended presentations from MyBnk, Southern Domestic Abuse Service, and Catch 22 Basingstoke, along with experts in mindfulness and self-esteem. Year 7 pupils will participate in a Drop-Down Day focused on physical health in May 2017.

Tutor PDL topics Timetabled PDL topics
Year 7

Introduction to eLearning

Getting Along

Parliament and Politics

Racism

Physical Health

Product Design

Prejudice & Assumptions

Parliament & Politics

Racism

Sex & Relationships Education

Year 8

Human Rights

Charities

Careers

Healthy Eating

Money

Human Rights

Risk & Gambling

Alcohol Education

Drug Education

Healthy Eating

Money

Year 9

Prejudice & Discrimination

Social Justice

Ethics

Enterprise

Qualities of Leadership

Mental Health

Ethics

Sex & Relationships Education

Year 10

Britain and the Wider World

Careers

Crime & Punishment

Religion in Society

Money

n/a
Year 11

Life After School

Effective Revision

Mental Health

Financial Capability

Grooming & Child Exploitation

n/a