Personal development at Harlington Upper School helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society and the course covers a range of areas that have relevance and meaning for pupils at Key Stage 4.
At Harlington we are committed to providing a thoughtful and wide–ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. SMSC education is therefore provided in assemblies, during tutor time and during Personal Development lessons.
The content of the lessons includes personal, social, health and citizenship education in addition to sex and relationships education. The content aims to deepen pupil’s understanding of democracy, government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens and how to identify and manage risk. Key concepts include: democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity. The lessons will also include input into student’s careers and financial management.
Personal development education aims to equip pupils with the skills to play an effective role in public life. It encourages them to take in interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Their lessons will encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills and explore different ideas and opinions. Ultimately this should help contribute to giving pupils the confidence to become active, informed and critical citizens so that they can take action to try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world. This would fulfil the school’s aim for pupils to ‘know thyself’.