Personal Development & Awareness
The Personal Development Programme lives at the heart of the Priory Academy LSST. Meticulously crafted to provide our students with a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge to help them in all aspects of their lives, the personal development covers a wide range of topics from empathy to careers pathways, harmful online content and preventing prejudice and discrimination. This program aligns closely with our academy values of respect, resilience, aspiration, inspiration and innovation and The Priory Federation of Academies Trust goal to create students that can be true citizens of the world. At the Priory Academy LSST, our personal development programme is split into the strands of:
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health
- Online Safety
- Careers and the Wider World
- British Values
Within each of these stands the personal development programme is delivered through a combination of the following mechanisms:
- Awareness – a lesson delivered by the form tutor in form groups each week.
- Assemblies – delivered in year groups and designed to support the Awareness lessons and used to deliver specific content (To be delivered via pre-recorded
- Awareness Day – a full day off timetable where students spend the day focusing on a specific area of personal development pertinent to each year group. These include multi-agency days where multiple external agencies are invited in to deliver sessions.
- External speakers – specialists are invited to speak with our students on topics such as drug and alcohol awareness, contraception, higher education etc.
- Curriculum – some of the topics are covered directly through our curriculum areas such as Science, RE and PE.
Overarching themes: Community, Personal Qualities, Supporting others, Prejudice and Discrimination, Cultural Diversity.
Our community sessions are all about existing alongside others in harmony. Key topics include managing personal emotions, showing empathy, respect and resilience and looking after the environment. Forms of prejudice and discrimination are discussed and challenged including those of stereotyping, bullying and racism. Students are encouraged to discuss their thoughts on these topics in a safe environment.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health
Overarching themes: Family and Friends, Intimate Relationships, Health and Hygiene.
The Relationship and Sex Education strand of the personal development programme has been refreshed for this year both in response to new statutory guidance from the Department for Education as well as feedback from students, parents, carers and academy staff. Its primary goal is to equip students with the knowledge to create maintain positive and healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. Sessions on trust, connections with others and expressing emotions support students in their ongoing relationships with family and friends and those on romantic and sexual attraction, intimate relationships and consent prepare students for new types of relationships they may be exposed to as they progress through the academy. External speakers combined with form time awareness sessions are utilised to offer expert advice to students on all aspects of their personal health including self-examination, dental health and the importance of sleep.
Our RSE provision can be found here in full:
Overarching themes: Becoming an aware internet user, Interacting with Others Online
In a world where interactions increasingly occur online, the E-Safety strand of our personal development program aims to provide students with the tools to explore the online world safely and productively. An awareness of some of the dangers present on the internet such as online radicalisation, fake news and other harmful online content is provided and online rights and responsibilities are discussed. All strands of the personal development programme discuss the use of proper and safe use technology where applicable; this strand goes into a greater level of detail for some of these topics.
Careers and the Wider World
Overarching themes: Employment and Employability Skills, Individual Rights, Financial Management, Keeping Safe
As an academy, we aim to provide our students with a skill-set that will allow them to flourish when they leave us at the end of a successful journey. Much of this skill-set comes from a rich and varied curriculum, the rest is provided through awareness sessions and off-timetable days. Sessions on career pathways and utilisation of external visitors from many different careers supports students in planning their next steps after life at the academy. For the younger students, an introduction to responsible money management and financial risk sets them up to be able to handle their own income and control their expenses. Student’s rights are explained to them, both in terms of their human rights and their rights as consumers of goods both physical and digital. This strand also encourages students to begin to take responsibility for their own safety when travelling, working or spending time with friends as well as how to avoid illegal and illicit activities.