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Personal Development

Personal Development:


What is personal development?


Personal development is both a subject and a school ethos. It is reflected in our school values where we want children to Aspire, Flourish and Achieve. We want to each child to leave the school feeling confident, unique and proud.


Our aim is to teach children how to navigate through life safely, happily and healthily. Children are growing up in a world that is constantly changing and it is the duty of all the staff at school in partnership with the parents teach the children transferable life skills. We teach children about the world around them, relationships, emotions, reproduction and health, as well as transferable skills to help with life. We consistently promote the British values and our school values.


OFSTED's link to the PD expectations for a school.


How do we teach Personal Development at Colyton?


Colyton Primary Academy teaches personal development in a wide range of ways throughout the children’s school lives. For example:


    • It is taught in discrete lessons (specifically PSHE/RSE)
    • It is taught with cross-curricular links in other lessons, such as English, physical education and religious education
    • Staff members consistently model how to be a good citizen who uphold the school values
    • Assemblies (whole school and special visitors)
    • Our Young Leaders Award
    • A specific careers education pathway
    • Specialist staff working with individuals and groups
    • E-Safety lessons in computing and assembly
    • Celebrating positive learning attributes with weekly certificates
    • Our after school clubs
    • Well thought through transitions throughout the school and beyond
    • Focusing on mental and physical health (E.g. in our assemblies, PSHE/RSE lessons and in specific days and activities like Children's Mental Health Week, Wear Yellow for Mental Health and Walk to School week)
    • Community links, taking part in activities within our town
    • Pupil council
    • Eco-warriors’ group
    • Ethos Committee
    • School Prefects
    • School Librarians
    • Celebrating different languages, cultures and religions
    • Outdoor activity trips