Personal Development aims to promote the personal development and wellbeing of the young people at Bishop Barrington School by helping them to develop their potential as healthy and responsible citizens who make progress and achieve through the five outcomes of Every Child Matters..
All pupils study Personal Development throughout KS3 and KS4 which incorporates the subjects of PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and Citizenship. In Citizenship and PSHEE pupils conduct self-assessment at the end of each lesson to evaluate the impact of the learning taking place..
Politics and Democracy
In this unit of work, pupils will be introduced to Politics and Citizenship and look at its role in their local community and nationally. Pupils will learn the importance of taking part in democracy through active participation in a mock election. The mock election is used to bring out the importance of voting and the impact that voting can have both individually and also on society. Pupils will also work to identify positive and negative aspects of their community and work on a course of action to raise awareness of the changes they feel are needed..
Pupils cover a wide range of PSHEE topics including “Building Positive Relationships”, that deals with friendships and what makes a good relationship. Year 7 pupils will also explore Resilience and how they can cope with stress and manage change. They will also equip them with where they can go for help and advice..
The Law and democracy
In this unit of work, pupils analyse why having justice is important in the UK. Pupils look first at what justice is and why it is important. Pupils then learn about the world of the justice system and evaluate its effectiveness. Pupils will also have the opportunity to consider their rights and responsibilities and how this impacts on “British” society.
Year 8 PSHEE builds upon work in the Citizenship unit by looking at Global issues such as the protected characteristics (race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marriage and disability) and equality. We then develop this to discuss what can be done to help those escaping persecution and how we would feel in their shoes..
Politics and Democracy
This unit of learning deepens pupils’ knowledge about the UK’s political system and allows them to consider their own opinion on issues like the monarchy. Pupils are also encouraged to consider how they can voice their own opinion in a constructive manner through the Youth Parliament.
This scheme of learning is designed to raise awareness of economic issues. Students learn about how the economy works and the importance of money. Pupils also debate how poverty affects people in the UK and what can be done to reduce poverty in the UK today..
PSHEE in Year 9 focuses on diversity and individuality. There is also an emphasis on RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), preparing pupils for their future life as adults in loving relationships. Pupils cover topics such as consent, relationships, contraception and STIs. Again, although pupils will enhance their knowledge of these areas, a special focus is placed on managing emotions and getting help and advice when needed at this important and sometimes difficult time. Pupils also cover other health topics such as depression, stress and managing risk effectively.
In Year 10 pupils take part in a course aimed at improving their financial capability skills. Pupils learn about topics including:
They also cover content on Risk taking and the impact the media has on their mental and emotional state and discussing what makes a suitable role model.
Pupils complete a module exploring how the UK sits within world politics and then discussing what their Britain may look like in the future.
Pupils will also debate:
In year 11 pupils follow a more in-depth course of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), which includes the following topics: