The Year 11 Personal Development programme is linked to that devised for Year 12; a wide range of topics is covered ensuring that valuable Careers education is provided and the requirements of the Northern Ireland curriculum in relation to Key Stage 4 Personal Development are met.
The programme includes the following topics:
- our values, including both school values and personal values;
- effective learning at GCSE, including study skills, examination technique and stress management;
- relationships and sexuality, a presentation delivered by the Love for Life organisation;
- emotional health;
- internet safety (CEOPS presentation);
- self-image and identity;
- healthy relationships, delivered by representatives from Women’s Aid;
- money management.
We also deliver the Learning for Life and Work Curriculum during Form Time. Topics covered will include:
- Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice
- Global Citizenship
- Employability and Career Planning
- In the Summer Term, examine aspects of Mental Health, with the support of outside agencies.
A major focus of the Year 12 Personal Development Programme is on Careers Education. Through contact with our Careers staff in school, as well as external personnel, we encourage pupils to investigate their career options, make plans for achieving their goals and support the creation of a CV document before they graduate from Key Stage 4. Each pupil receives an individual interview delivered by a Careers Advisor from the Careers Service of Northern Ireland. With the pressures of GCSE examinations and on-going Controlled Assessment tasks in mind, we also provide more information on learning styles, study skills and stress management. In addition, we encourage the pupils to broaden their perspectives beyond Year 12 deadlines by focusing on coping with disability and by supporting a local food bank charity in the Autumn Term. With pupil safety and well-being at the top of our list of priorities, we also cover material on road safety (provided through the DoE’s “Crashed Futures” programme) and relationships and sexuality (provided by “Love for Life”).
Mindout Mental Health
In Year 12, a module following the Mindout Mental Health Programme is delivered through timetabled Learning for Life and Work lessons. This programme aims to encourage healthy self-esteem and resilience, and to provide information on sources of support. If you have any concerns about this programme, or if you would like more information, please contact Dr L Finch.