P.D. makes a unique and substantial contribution towards the aims and ethos of the William Edwards School in its core belief that the personal development of young people is essential to their health and wellbeing, safety and achievements as individuals within society.
We believe that each individual has the right to respect, to feel safe, secure and to learn without disruption.
Because P.D. is a whole-life skill, rather than a discrete subject area, the curriculum at William Edwards is designed to incorporate aspects of P.D. into all subject areas over the course of your child’s time with us. The skills and experiences which we seek to foster include:
- The knowledge, skills and attitudes to make healthy choices and manage risk;
- The ability to form and manage supportive and stable relationships;
- The capacity to develop awareness of themselves as learners and managers of change;
- The capacity to recognise and celebrate diversity and difference;
- The opportunity to participate actively and responsibly in their schools and their communities;
- The understanding of how society works and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen;
- The ability to anticipate the demands and challenges of adult life, including the world of work and leisure opportunities;
- The opportunity to demonstrate their creativity, enterprise and economic well being.
In order to support each child’s personal development with additional, age-appropriate, information and experience, the school runs a series of focus days which will support a focused aspect of personal development for a target year group.