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.
Some examples of how we promote personal development at Blackpool
At Blackpool School, we are always thinking about how the knowledge and skills that our children are acquiring while with us, will impact and influence their lives beyond their primary setting. Our aim is that they will be well equipped to continue learning and pursue careers that they are passionate about.
With this in mind, we hosted a careers fair for our Year 5 and 6 pupils so that they can begin to consider how the skills they are learning now, can be transferred into the next phase of their education and into a world of work. The key messages that we teach at this stage in their lives are to try their best in everything they do, to gain the best academic achievements and interpersonal skills possible, so that the possibilities for later careers can be maximised.
Our fair included representatives from a wide range of careers, including a nurse, barrister, chef, author, illustrator, engineer and RAF navigator. The children enjoyed talking to them, to find out about the pathways to working in particular fields, and what skills and interests they can be gaining and considering, especially when moving on to secondary school at the end of the year.
The children learnt many interesting facts about each job as well as the varied pathways that people can take to enter into a chosen career. The event was also successful in providing a great opportunity for considering the next stages of learning and promoted high aspirations for their future working lives.
Thank you very much to all of the volunteers, who gave up their time and provide such engaging discussions and demonstrations with the children. This has helped to form a really important part of their personal development within our curriculum.