Curriculum intent for Personal Development Learning (PDL)


At Bidbury Personal Development Learning (PDL) is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PDL develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.


Our PDL curriculum is based on the SCARF programme.  It equips pupils 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 to achieve economic wellbeing. A critical component of PDL 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.


PDL contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and 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.


It is important to allow children the opportunity to discuss experiences and to voice their opinions throughout each PDL lesson/unit. Giving the children a voice helps to clarify and check their understanding; removing barriers to written work and it allows children of all abilities to contribute fully within the lesson.

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