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Personal Development Learning

On a Monday to Thursday pupils have a 20 minute PDL session with their tutor. During PDL, pupils work in small sized tutor groups.  Each tutor group has a mixture of pupils from each year group, three or four from each year.

This allows the  tutor to know every pupil well, allows them to mentor and monitor the development of potential in each pupil and helps to promotes equal opportunities for all pupils.  It also allows for greater parent partnership, enhanced pupil voice and leadership, and encourages good citizenship

 PDL aims to to focus on the following:

  • Developing responsible, active citizens who are able to play their part and become involved in public life as adults
  • To broaden pupils’ horizons through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities.
  • To develop pupils’ interpersonal strengths; sense of purpose, gratitude, ‘heart’, honesty
  • To develop pupils’ intrapersonal strengths; growth mindset, optimism, self-control, perseverance
  • To develop pupils’ intellectual strengths; curiosity, a zest for life, critical thinking, communication
  • To develop and provide opportunities for pupils’ civil virtues; volunteering, neighbourliness, community awareness and spirit
  • To develop and provide opportunities for pupils’ performance virtues; leadership, teamwork, motivation, confidence
  • To promote and debate current affairs and world events
  • To promote British Values

Tutor time is also used effectively by tutors to support the pastoral care of pupils.  Tutor mentoring and tracking along with attendance/behaviour and uniform checks are activities that are embedded each day in our tutor time activities. There are also House projects that enable the pupils to take part in the wider community, successful projects have included;

Family Christmas Hamper Appeal

Kindness Postcards

Wellbeing activities

Environmental issues

 

Week A

Week B

Monday

Equipment and Uniform check + Leadership Ladder work

 

Tutors to keep an on-going record of equipment and uniform. To contact home and liaise with parents if incorrect. Tutees will update, or plan ways to undertake parts of their leadership ladders. Tutors should use this day to check folders.

 

 

Equipment and Uniform check + Leadership Ladders + (Darwin Assembly)

 

Tutors to keep an on-going record of equipment and uniform. To contact home and liaise with parents if incorrect.

 

+ Discussion topic from week before for Newton

 

Tuesday

Newsround – Current Events


All tutors watch BBC Newsround (usually about 7 minutes) and discuss current events. Tutors may also read ‘The Day’ articles with their pupils.

 

 

 

Newsround – Current Events + (Galileo Assembly)


All tutors watch BBC Newsround (usually about 7 minutes) and discuss current events. Tutors may also read ‘The Day’ articles with their pupils.

 

+ Equipment and Uniform check + Leadership Ladders for Darwin

 

Wednesday

Discussion

 

Raising Standards Leaders will e-mail around a discussion topic for this Thursday session. This can be linked to the monthly theme. Pupils and tutor should discuss this theme/idea/topic.

 

 

Discussion Write Up + (Einstein Assembly)

 

From the previous week’s discussion, each tutor group is expected to produce a written response, explaining their tutor group’s view on the topic. The best of these will then be displayed outside the pastoral hub.

 

+ Newsround for Galileo

+ Discussion write-up for Einstein

Thursday

House Project

 

Family groups undertake a project together. These projects will vary, and their outcomes will be different each time. These projects will be launched periodically throughout the year.

 

 

House Project + (Newton Assembly)

 

Family groups undertake a project together. These projects will vary, and their outcomes will be different each time. These projects will be launched periodically throughout the year.

 

 

+ Discussion write-up for Einstein