Personal Development Learning is fundamental to understanding ourselves, others and the wider world, it is enabling us to be the very best. We provide an inclusive PDL curriculum where pupils can explore their role in the world, relationships, celebrating differences, learn how to keep themselves safe and understand how they will grow and change. There is a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic progress. We believe teaching these crucial skills and positive attitudes are critical to ensuring pupils are effective learners. Within PDL, we also teach the statutory elements of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at an age appropriate level.
We use a programme called JIGSAW where each year group follows the same theme in each half term. Our pupils receive at least weekly bespoke lessons alongside developing discussions as topics arise.
Children who need specific support may receive this from our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) who use other programmes of support e.g. FEIPS (Framework for Enhanced Individual Pastoral Support) which provides the opportunity for children to explore their feelings, empower them to find their own resolutions and build resilience for their future. Or they will use Thrive which is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach to meeting the emotional and social needs of children. We engage parents as much as possible.
When pupils leave our school, they will have developed key skills and attributes within our MERTON values of Motivation, Excellence, Respect, Teamwork, Opportunities and Respect. The will enable them to have a sense of self-worth and security in who they are, and who they hope to become; they will have developed a moral compass to guide them through life and be able to build positive relationships and make valuable contributions to the world around them.