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Personal Development Learning

At Grimley and Holt Primary School PDL includes social, heath, learning skills and citizenship education. We believe that all people have the right to reach their full potential in their learning and that the teaching of personal, social and emotional skills play a fundamental role in this. In line with our vision we strive to balance doing our personal best with compassion to care for all members of the communities to which we belong.

We aim for our children to leave us with a variety of essential life skills, which include being lifelong learners, believing in their own abilities/attributes and recognising and celebrating differences in others. Children need to have their basic needs met before learning takes place. We aim to instil respect for each other by building spiritual, social, moral values and tolerances of other races, cultures and religions. Children learn to take responsibility for their own actions/decisions and respect themselves, each other, the environment, democracy, justice, law and human rights.

Personal and social development is a statutory entitlement for all children at our school. Although there are planned opportunities for the teaching of PDL, staff link key skills through other areas of the curriculum and in the day-to-day running of their class. The social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills are a core purpose of Grimley and Holt Primary School.

PDL is too important to be left to chance!

We give children the opportunities for and support them in:

  • developing confidence and independence to make the most of their abilities
  • developing skills in language, decision making and assertiveness
  • developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • developing good relationships and respecting differences between people
  • gaining knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to participate within society as informed, active and responsible citizens and seeing themselves as members of their community
  • learn about the interdependencies of communities
  • understanding how their own choices affect local and global issues
  • becoming aware of their rights and responsibilities
  • appreciating what it means to be a positive member of a diverse intercultural society
  • developing themselves as growing and changing individuals

When and how will PDL be taught?

Teachers will be the main deliverers of the PDL, SRE and associated education programmes. PDL is taught explicitly through a planned PDL curriculum which is embedded in our curriculum based on SMSC, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning.’SEAL.

PDL Planning

There are a huge range of resources that are stored centrally, referred to on planning and electronically catalogued so that an up to date stock check can be kept. A progression of skills is available for each strand of PDL and allows for individuality to be tracked.

PDL is also explored on a needs led basis as situations arise with individuals, within classrooms, the school and the wider community. From time to time other initiatives will allow for a whole school improvement focus. For example Eco School, Healthy Activity and Digital Leader action groups and Learning Detectives work. Core values and key issues are explored through assemblies too.


Teaching and Learning

We place an emphasis on active learning by including the children in discussions, role play, investigations and problem solving activities. Children are given regular opportunities to reason, evaluate, enquire, be creative, communicate and process information. Effective and varied age appropriate teaching strategies are employed to deliver the PDL curriculum which include: Circle time; use of fiction and poetry books; role play and drama techniques; discussion and feedback; a balance of individual/ partner/ small group / year group/class/team and whole school work; structured games; audio-visual aids; appropriate use of outside speakers/ visitors whom we invite into school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive community. Additionally visits are sometimes arranged with an interpersonal/ intrapersonal focus, of which the planned residential experiences are examples.

Personalised learning

There are many areas in our curriculum that help children develop as confident, thoughtful and caring individuals:

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