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Personal Development

Formally PSHE/RSHE/Citizenship

“The fundamentals of living”


Personal Development is the new umbrella term for RSHE (statutory), PSHE and Citizenship at Deptford Green School . It builds on the relationship and health education pupils receive at KS1 and 2. PSHE and RSHE (statutory) involve learning about: healthy relationships, healthy bodies and minds, sexual health, alcohol and drugs use and equality. It also addresses online safety. Citizenship covers areas including: the law, politics, democracy and British values. There are also units on financial awareness which will provide pupils with a grounding in budgeting and independent living. Pupils are also prepared for life at KS4 through exam and study skills as well as KS5, where they interact with local sixth form colleges and begin to apply for courses. This runs parallel with their career's pathways.

Our pupils are growing up in a rapidly changing world that can be confusing and daunting. Personal Development equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of Personal Development is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

It contributes to build students confidence, resilience, self-esteem and self-identity. The learning helps them to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Class Activities and Enrichment

Our working style allows pupils to find their own voice through debates or to focus on creative interests through art responses, script-writing, role play and story boards. Laws, attitudes and information changes overtime; as such we have a dedicated team ensuring that all content is relevant and up to date for our pupils and the community that they live in.

There are many opportunities outside of lesson time to support the learning, this can come in the form of visiting theatre groups, professional companies conducting info and Q&A sessions.

Shadow games

A performance-based outreach programme for schools, colleges and community settings. Suitable for audiences aged 13+ years, Shadow Games is recognised by the Home Office as an example of good practice in exploring key issues raised by the Prevent strategy.
The approach promotes the safeguarding and resilience of our communities and counteracts negative stereotypes through creative engagement and critical learning. Our audiences are encouraged to 'hot-seat' the characters, question their motives and discuss questions of innocence and guilt in a structured courtroom debate.


Life-changing programmes aimed at improving the mental health & wellbeing of all participants by empowering them to make positive changes in their life. The work can range from one day with a given year group to a longer term partnership in school run by young people, for young people

County lines- by Alter Ego creative solutions

An educational performance looking at the dangers young people face in regards to county lines along with post show discussion.

The topics covered in KS3 are-

  • Online behaviour and internet safety
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Healthy living and diet
  • Puberty
  • Budgeting
  • Drug dangers and awareness
  • Diversity and equal rights
  • Growth mindset
  • Personal safety
  • Sexual health
  • Employability
  • British values

The topics covered in KS4 are-

  • Career development and guidance
  • Relationships and consent
  • Drug awareness and dangers
  • Knife crime
  • Independent living

Mr Hewson; Head of Department: