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Personal Development Learning (PDL)

Personal Development Learning (PDL) enables children to acquire the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes they need to manage their lives. PDL develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the local and global society in which they live. It also supports the statutory Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).


Through the PDL curriculum, the pupils of St. Peter’s Junior School are provided with opportunities to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through: cooperation, communication, evaluation, reflection, decision making and managing their emotions. The children learn about their human rights and engage with issues of diversity, identity and equality through exploration of similarities and differences between people and their experiences, and the discussion of social and moral dilemmas. The causes and consequences of economic inequalities are explored and children consider how use, abuse and inequalities of power from local to global levels can affect the well-being of individuals and communities.

PDL is based on three core themes; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

· PDL provides children with accurate and relevant knowledge.

· PDL provides opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs and right and responsibilities.

· PDL provides opportunities to develop skills and strategies children need in order to live health, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

Teachers use a wide range of teaching strategies, including role play, discussion, group work and circle time as a vehicle for delivering, discussing and reflecting on life skills.

As a school we believe the role of PDL is significant to individual pupil motivation and achievement; it teaches children to make independent, healthy, confident and respectful choices in order to develop into an active citizen with a strong, positive disposition and self-worth.