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Personal Development Learning

On a Monday to Thursday pupils have a 30 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. 

Each week during PDL pupils will explore activities around a given theme; they will have the chance to work on a small project within their family group, take part in a debate or discussion around the theme of the week, explore current affairs, as well as having the chance to take part in a house competition. Tutors will also have the chance to celebrate any tutee successes or special occasions at any point throughout the year.

The activities are designed to build on pupils' 'virtues' and character development these are;

  • Intellectual virtues
  • Moral virtues
  • Civic virtues
  • Performance virtues

Tutors know every pupil well, and the tutor group system 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.

 

AUTUMN 1

WEEKLY PDL THEME

WEEK 1

6th September

What is our school community?

Civic virtues; citizenship, community awareness

WEEK 2

13th September

How can we help our local community?

Civic virtues; service, volunteering

WEEK 3

20th September

How can we help our wider community?

Civic virtues; civility, neighbourliness

Moral virtues; respect

WEEK 4

27th September

How can I look after myself?

Moral virtues; gratitude

WEEK 5

4th October

How can I look after others?

Moral virtues; justice, respect

WEEK 6

11th October

How can I keep myself safe?

Intellectual virtues; autonomy, curiosity, judgement

WEEK 7

18th October

How do I help to keep others safe?

Intellectual virtues; compassion, honesty, justice

AUTUMN 2

 

WEEK 1

1st November

How bad is stress really?

Performance virtues; resilience

WEEK 2

8th November

Stand Up/Speak Out

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 3

15th November

Men and Mental Health

Moral virtues; compassion

WEEK 4

22nd November

Stress Busters

Performance virtues; resilience, perseverance

Intellectual virtues; reflection

WEEK 5

29th November

How to Change the World!

Performance virtues; teamwork

Civic virtues; community awareness, volunteering

WEEK 6

6th December

Xmas Hampers

Performance virtues; teamwork

Civic virtues; community awareness, volunteering

WEEK 7

13th December

Xmas Hampers

Performance virtues; teamwork

Civic virtues; community awareness, volunteering

SPRING 1

 

WEEK 1

4TH January

Diversity – disability

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement

Moral virtues; humility, respect

WEEK 2

10th January

Diversity- body shaming

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement

Moral virtues; compassion, empathy, respect

WEEK 3

17th January

Diversity – racism

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement

Moral virtues; empathy, respect

WEEK 4

24th  January

Diversity – holocaust

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking, reflection

Moral virtues; compassion, empathy

WEEK 5

31st  January

Diversity – invisible illness

Intellectual virtues; curiosity,

Moral virtues; compassion, empathy, humility, respect

WEEK 6

7th February

Diversity –LGBTQ+

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement

Moral virtues;, respect

WEEK 7

14th February

 

 

Global diversity

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement

Moral virtues; compassion, empathy, humility, respect

SPRING 2

 

WEEK 1

28th February

Education in developing countries

Intellectual virtues; curiosity, judgement, reflection

WEEK 2

7th March

Comic relief

Civic virtues; community awareness

Performance virtues; teamwork

WEEK 3

14th March

We Are One project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 4

21st March

We Are One project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 5

28th March

We Are One project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 6

4th April

We are one project

Civic virtues; service, volunteering

SUMMER 1

 

WEEK 1

25th April

Grow your own

Civic virtues; civility

WEEK 2

2nd May

Red Cross

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking

Performance virtues; teamwork

WEEK 3

9th May

Nursing around the world

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking

Performance virtues; teamwork

WEEK 4

16th May

Mental health around the world

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking, autonomy

Moral virtues; compassion

WEEK 5

23rd May

Food supply

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking,

SUMMER 2

 

WEEK 1

6TH June

Protecting our oceans

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking,

Civic virtues; community awareness

WEEK 2

13th June

World health organisation

Intellectual virtues; critical thinking,

Civic virtues; community awareness

WEEK 3

20th June

School diversity week

Moral virtues; respect

Civic virtues; community awareness, volunteering

WEEK 4

26th June

World wellbeing week

Intellectual virtues; reflection, autonomy

WEEK 5

4th July

 

Go Global project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 6

11th July

Go global project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork

WEEK 7

18th July

Go global project

Intellectual virtues; resourcefulness, autonomy

Performance virtues; confidence, teamwork