Personal Development at Blackpool
At Blackpool CE Primary, we promote Personal Development as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s holistic development and growth.
Our school motto ‘Only My Best is Good Enough; Aspiring and Flourishing Together’ overarches the key areas of personal development by encouraging our children to be the best possible versions of themselves, not just academically, but socially, morally, culturally and spiritually.
Personal Development (as outlined by the Ofsted 2019 Assessment Framework) identify the following key areas for children to have ‘opportunities to grow as active, healthy and engaged citizens’: citizenship, fundamental British values, equality and diversity, character, confidence and resilience, well-being, e-safety, healthy lifestyle, relationships, sex and health education, careers, transitions and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our school Curriculum Threads incorporate all of these aspects of personal development and are a clear tool for our children to interpret and understand how these elements make a difference to their lives and the lives of others, both now and in their futures. Our Curriculum Threads are considered in all aspects of school life and in all subject planning. They are: Communication and Connections, Life Long Skills, My Place in the World, Values, Creativity and Well-being (See Curriculum Threads for more detail).
Our Personal Development Curriculum ensures all our children:
Develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
Acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to be aware, tolerant and accepting citizens, able to manage their lives, now and in the future.
Are able to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
Connect and apply the knowledge they learn in all subjects to non-academic situations, while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
Our Personal Development curriculum is delivered to our children through explicit teaching alongside regular and meaningful application of their skills and knowledge in these areas. This has been mapped out across the curriculum to ensure a wide and varies approach to covering the key elements. Some aspects are delivered through continuous provision and some experiences happen less frequently eg visitors or annual events.
This aspect of our curriculum includes activities and experiences that improves our children’s awareness and identity, develops talents and potential, builds character and cultural capital, enhances our children’s quality of life and encourages aspiration.
Personal development and cultural capital have also been at the forefront of creating our bespoke Curriculum Enrichment Offer (see link below coming soon). This offer to all of our pupils endeavours to celebrate the richness and diversity of the world, provide opportunities that enhance knowledge and understanding and inspire the minds of all of our children.