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Personal Development

Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Lane

Don't go through life, grow through life

Eric butterworth - author

At St George’s the Personal Development Curriculum is developed using students' voices, pastoral input and a key understanding of local issues. This ensures the content is both relevant, inclusive and reflective of our school community.  

View our Learning Journey for Personal Development here


The Personal Development curriculum strives for ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE through the use of well-planned lessons that include a wide range of thinking hard teaching strategies and higher-order thinking questions. 

Students can DEVELOP AND FLOURISH in Personal Development lessons through learning about the core themes; British values, Wider World, Health & well-being, Personal safety, Diversity and RSHE that are embedded into our curriculum. 


Our curriculum is INCLUSIVE and is designed using Student Voice, pastoral input and a key understanding of local issues. This ensures the content is both relevant and reflective of our school community. Diversity is embedded through all key stages with a focus on our school vision of ‘all different, all equal, all flourishing’. Discussions and thinking time are a core feature of the lessons to ensure all learners are engaged and the use of Kagan structures make sure every child is an active learner. We ensure that SEND and disadvantaged children are given the necessary support in class to fully access the Curriculum and that equal opportunities are given to all.

The curriculum is structured to include a plethora of contemporary and challenging resources across all key stages. The use of key terms and core terminology is made explicit in each lesson so that learners can build on their range of vocabulary. Skills are built into each scheme of work and the curriculum develops these through each year group. Topics are revisited in more depth as the students progress through the key stages to ensure students can improve their knowledge and key skills (such as creating positive relationships and understanding how to keep themselves safe). Baseline tests are used for every topic so that students can see their skills and knowledge progress over time.


We aim to ensure that every child is fully prepared for their Post 16 choices with an ambitious career planning journey. We also aim to make certain that students have the skills and knowledge to make informed, safe choices now and in their futures. Pupils will learn the need for respectful relationships and also how to keep themselves healthy and safe. The students should leave our school with the key tools to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy, so they can thrive in their lives. 

Students will also have a core understanding of our diverse community and the importance of respect. The core British Values and the Protected Characteristics are embedded into the learning journey to ensure all students can embrace these and flourish.


Personal Development in Key Stage 3 (KS3)

Per fortnight: 1 Lesson

Years 7 to 10: will all receive a Personal Development, incorporating Careers Education, these lessons will explore the career options that are available to them and will be interactive and mainly discussion based. They will explore the various professions and workforces. We will have companies and individual people come into lessons to show them what it’s like to work in a range of careers such as retail, or engineering. They will also look at further education such as apprenticeships, college and university.

Please click here for Key Stage 3 Career Plan

Year 7 Topics Year 8 Topics Year 9 Topics
  • Learning about Personal Development
  • British Values
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Self-esteem and positive energy
  • Personal finances
  • Diversity
  • Transition points in life
  • The MPs and PM
  • Respect in relationships 
  • Gender and sex equality 
  • Planning for the next steps
  • Improving mental health
  • Importance of sleep and relaxation
  • Substance misuse
  • Protecting images online
  • Laws in the UK
  • About Enterprise
  • Sexual protection
  • Drugs
  • Social media
  • Alcohol
  • Contraception options
  • Sexual Health

Personal Development in Key Stage 4 (KS4)

Per Fortnight: 1 Lesson

Year 11 will be having an interview with the leadership team, as well as an Independent Careers advisor to explore their choices and to gain support in making the right choice for them. They will also be having Personal Development including Career, lessons once per fortnight, focusing on the skills and knowledge they need for their next steps.

Please click here for Key Stage 4 Career Plan

Year 10 Topics Year 11 Topics
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Proud to be British
  • Racism
  • Reporting harassment and abuse
  • Consumer and employment rights
  • Work experience
  • How to save a life
  • Post-16 options
  • Writing personal statements
  • Preparation for exams
  • Digital footprints
  • Symptoms of Pregnancy

Personal Development in Key Stage 5 (KS5)

Year 12: students will have Personal Development including Careers delivered through tutor time and guided independent research by their tutor.  

Year 13: students will also be having an interview with an Independent Careers Advisor. Personal Development including Careers will be delivered through tutor time and guided by independent research by their tutor.   

All sixth-form students will have access to a Resource Careers Room, where they will be able to conduct independent research into career paths as well as discuss career options with the Careers Lead.

For more information about Personal Development in Sixth Form, please click here

Please click here for Key Stage 5 Career Plan

Careers Information

Our vision at Saint George's CofE School is to deliver a careers programme that facilitates every student in developing knowledge and skills to navigate their lives successfully and flourish.

Our Objectives

  1. To deliver an aspirational career programme that results in high achievement for every student achieving Gatsby Benchmark 1
  2. To enable every student to finish compulsory education with clear career goals and to be capable of social mobility.
  3. To support students to achieve better academically and improve life choices through a focus on future goals

The Intent of the Careers Plan

To meet the Gatsby benchmarks and achieve good practice and embed an outstanding careers programme that allows our students to develop and flourish beyond school.

The Impact of the Careers Plan

This will be measured through:

  • Attainment
  • Progress
  • Destinations Data
  • Feedback from students, staff and parents

For more information about careers and helpful resources please visit the Careers and Life Skills page.

Extra Resources

  • Kent School Health - We support children and young people aged four to nineteen, including those who do not attend school.
  • YoungMinds - If you’re struggling with your feelings, you're not alone! We have loads of practical tips and advice from young people just like you, as well as information on getting the support you need.
  • The Grand - We work across Gravesham offering free exercise classes, help to find a job, lessons in using tech, mental health support and much more.
  • EHMF - Mental Health support for young people

For more information about careers and helpful resources please visit the Careers and Life Skills page.