What is personal development at our schools?
Personal Development (PD) focusses on “preparing pupils for their adult lives, teaching them to understand how to engage with society and providing them with plentiful opportunities to do so.” (Ofsted Inspection Handbook July 2022 paragraph 292)
Personal Development at BKW Federation is focussed on developing the whole child in order that they reach their full potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We aim for all pupils to grow into well- educated, respectful, responsible adults who are:
- Comfortable with who they are and have a deep sense of belonging
- Respectful of others and see difference as positive and not a threat
- Able to make a positive contribution to school life, the wider community and society in general
- Happy, safe, confident and resilient
- Financially secure
- Model citizens prepared for life in modern Britain
PD underpins all areas of the curriculum and is therefore taught daily through a variety of lessons and Circle Time sessions. Some aspects are taught in personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE), a comprehensive programme of Relationship and Health Education (RHE), science, computing (online safety) and PE.
Other aspects are delivered through a comprehensive enrichment programme including:
- Trips (day and residential),
- Visiting speakers
- Sports clubs
- Performing arts
- Gardening Club
- Music performance and events
- Forest school
- After school clubs
- Subject learning clubs.
- Mentoring programmes (Reading Buddies)
- Leadership programmes e.g. School Council
- Drop Down Days
- Special Events: religious and cultural
These are provided internally and in partnership with external organisations such as West London Zone Charity, The Royal College of Music, English National Opera House, Mind, Chelsea Football Club and Pelican Music.
A child’s minimum entitlement
Each of our Federation schools has a List of Experiences that each child should experience during their time at school. The exact events may vary year to year.
Personal Development Beyond the Classroom
(this table is currently being updated, more events are to be added)
|Nursery||Reception||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|Autumn Term||Forest School||
Trip to Waterman Centre
Local Area Visit
Royal College of Music Gamelan workshop
Music Hub Xmas performance
Houses of Parliament
|Spring Term||Forest School||
Trip to Holland Park Ecology Centre
Shepherd's Bush Market
Local area trip
LAMDA theatre Shakespeare performance
Residential - Juniper Hall
|Summer Term||Forest School||
Trip to Hanwell Zoo
Ragged House Museum
Gamelan & Museum
Local History trail
Vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils
Although strong indicators, we are fully aware that advantage, disadvantage and vulnerability to underachievement are not entirely linked to finances or parental academic ability. We believe that pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement must have the opportunities outlined in this document to ensure their personal development and prepares them for the next stage in their education.
To ensure all pupils have equal access and opportunities, disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils may be identified by the class teacher, SENDco, members of SLT and parents based on the following criteria:
- Pupil is falling behind their peers and performing below the national average
- Pupil is from a financially secure background but family members do not have the capacity to provide deemed experiences due to e.g. workload, mental health issues, caring for an elderly relative or other viable reasons.
- Pupil has poor mental health, low self-esteem or low confidence
- Pupil Premium Student
- Pupil is capable of achieving more
Careful consideration will be given to ensuring barriers to participation are removed by:
- Considering e.g. cost, timing, location, logistics, confidence, parental support
- Communicating message through ethos and practice that all pupils from all backgrounds belong and are valued
- Providing a provision that is appropriately tailored both to suit and to challenge the pupils we serve
Identified pupils will be targeted to ensure that in addition to the expected enrichment, they will have access to extra-curricular activities that will open them up to a world of awe and wonder and make them lifelong learners.
Personal Development Policy Statement
For further information please see our Personal Development Policy that can be found on our policies page.