Personal Development

Years 7-9 Overview

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught a 1-hour Personal Development (PD) lesson during curriculum time over their two-week timetable. Lessons as planned and delivered by a specialist team of teachers.

The PD curriculum is tailored around three key areas; Health and Wellbeing, Living in the wider world and Relationships. You will see below links which take you to the Long-Term PD Curriculum, along with Year group medium term plans which show the sequencing of lessons. Students follow a spiral curriculum which build on knowledge and key information which is specific to their age and needs.  

Assemblies are delivered to the whole school, Houses and Year groups to support key messages and information delivered during PD. We also support national events and initiatives such as Anti-bullying week, Mental Health Week and National E-safety day.

In addition to the PD curriculum each Year group will have one day off time table (Drop Down Day), the purpose of these days is to give students the opportunity to work with outside agencies who can deliver specialist sessions linked to the PD curriculum and careers.

During tutor time, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 also undertake our Character Curriculum which is linked to students completing a Character Passport. Each half term students will complete projects in the following 5 areas; Sport, World of Work, Creativity, Performing and Charity. After successfully completing projects students will complete heir Character Passport evidencing their work, along with other academic achievements, sporting and any other achievements/experiences during their time here at Sir Thomas Boughey Academy.


Years 10-11 Overview

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught a 1-hour Personal Development (PD) lesson during curriculum time over their two-week timetable. Lessons as planned and delivered by a specialist team of teachers.

The PD curriculum is tailored around three key areas; Health and Wellbeing, Living in the wider world and Relationships. You will see below links which take you to the Long-Term PD Curriculum, along with Year group medium term plans which show the sequencing of lessons. Students follow a spiral curriculum which build on knowledge and key information which is specific to their age and needs.  

Assemblies are delivered to the whole school, Houses and Year groups to support key messages and information delivered during PD. We also support national events and initiatives such as Anti-bullying week, Mental Health Week and National E-safety day.

In addition to the PD curriculum each Year group will have one day off time table (Drop Down Day), the purpose of these days is to give students the opportunity to work with outside agencies who can deliver specialist sessions linked to the PD curriculum and careers.

During tutor time, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 also undertake our Character Curriculum which is linked to students completing a Character Passport. Each half term students will complete projects in the following 5 areas; Sport, World of Work, Creativity, Performing and Charity. After successfully completing projects students will complete heir Character Passport evidencing their work, along with other academic achievements, sporting and any other achievements/experiences during their time here at Sir Thomas Boughey Academy.


Qualification assessment overview

Students do not receive a credited qualification for participating in PD sessions, however their knowledge and skill set is broadened in order for all our students to be prepared to live in the wider world and community.


How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with PD?

Parents can support their child by having active discussions with their child. Ask your child to share what they have been studying during PD sessions, and give them examples, support and guanidine of your own experiences.


Curriculum maps

Block plan of PD 2020/21:


Teaching staff

Mr Porter,  Assistant Principal