Personal Development

Our Personal Development Curriculum is a key factor in supporting our students to “Be Proud, Be Confident and Be Successful”. The curriculum seeks to provide opportunity for students to develop character and aspiration in a community where learning has no limits and prejudice eliminated. Students will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of the wider world around them so they can take their place in society as successful adults. The strands of the curriculum encourage responsibility, independence and decision-making to prepare our pupils for the ever-changing world around them. 

 The Personal Development Curriculum covers the following areas: safeguarding education including online, RSE, Mental Health; PSHE, RE, British Values, SMSC, CIAG, Citizenship and Character, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Education Recovery. 

Our Personal Development Curriculum is largely delivered through seven core strands each with their own intent and individual curriculum.

We recognise the holistic development of our students is every bit as important as academic successes. Students should leave school, ready to take their place in society as proud, confident and successful adults. The seven strands naturally interleave, to embed key themes and allow students to connect and apply their learning to a variety of situations.

Our Life and Society Curriculum focusses primarily on PSHRE, Careers and Religious Education. As well as designated curriculum time, this area is supplemented with assemblies and tutor time Personal Development Tasks. Relationships and Sex Education is delivered and targeted as appropriate for the age of the student. A brief outline of the content that is covered can be viewed on the link below.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Enrichment are offered throughout the year and we actively encourage students to try new experiences. Attending these activities will earn points towards their Character Education Award.

DSLV has its very own Character Education Award to develop and build students’ SPIRIT characteristics (Self Management, Perseverance, Independence, Reflection, Innovation and Team Work). Each year, students will complete a series of challenges to demonstrate their SPIRIT, successful students receive certification to celebrate their achievements.

There are many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and contribute their ideas. Our Student Leadership Team is lead by our two Head Students who meet with representatives of each year group half termly. Each year group, has its own year council, that feedback to the Student Leadership Team.

Our Careers Education, Information and Advice (CEIAG) curriculum begins in Year 7 and evolves as they progress to Year 13. More information about Careers can be found under the careers section of the site.

A brief overview of all the Personal Development Curriculum strands can be viewed on the link below:

Personal Development Curriculum

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