Queen Elizabeth School

Personal Development

The Personal Development Curriculum aims to enable our students to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able tolead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society

The Curriculum:

  • underpins and encompasses every aspect of school life (not just PD lessons)
  • Should ensure that every student
    –   has the chance to be the best that they can be whatever their talent or background
    –   has opportunities to develop the confidence and skills to succeed
  • Is essential if we want our students not only to engage in learning as a lifelong process but to be employable
  • Should encourage students to be lifelong learners by developing the skills needed to function as effective members of society and to understand their rights and responsibilities
  • Should encourage the view that every teacher is a teacher of Personal Development

The structure of the PD curriculum represents a coherent and co-ordinated approach which reflects the school ethos and core values and in response to related national and local guidance.


We are committed to building a curriculum and developing a learning environment to enable all our learners to develop the skills and attributes necessary to keep learning for the rest of their lives.



Building Blocks:
There is an important relationship between the Personal Development curriculum and the QES Learner–the two are mutually supportive and inextricably linked. We are committed to building a curriculum and developing a learning environment to enable all of pour learners to develop these skills and attributes necessary to keep learning for the rest of their lives.


These are the basis of our PD Curriculum and reflect the principles and beliefs of ‘Scholarship &Care’. They encourage our students to become constructive and positive members of society. These expectations are actively promoted and reinforced throughout everyday school life.

We want to foster the following personal qualities:

  • a sense of self-worth and emotional well-being
  • open-mindedness
  • a willingness to take risks
  • a sense of their place in the world
  • curiosity
  • a desire to question and challenge
  • perseverance and a willingness to practise
  • a regard for the learning of others

The Personal Development Curriculum

The cornerstone of the PDC is the knowledge and understanding or content element
and this directly reflects and delivers our 5 core themes:

Health & Wellbeing

Including Physical Health, Mental Wellbeing and Sexual Health and Relationships

Keeping Safe

Including keeping Physically and Emotionally Safe, Online Safety and First Aid

Economic Wellbeing

Including Making Informed Choices, Careers, Employability, Financial Education and Academic Reviewing.

Making a Positive Contribution

Including Core Values, British Values and Roles and Responsibilities in Society

Enjoy & Achieve

Including Organisation, Everyday Reviewing, Assessment and Exam Preparation and Academic Reviewing.

There is a cross- curricular approach and whole school element to the delivery of the core themes but they specifically form the content of PD lessons.

The Core Theme profiles allow outcome specific progress to be tracked from Year 7 through to Year 13.

Each pupil will have their own year group specific Core Theme profile which provides a clear indication of the knowledge and understanding to be acquired.