At Thomas Deacon Academy, students in Key Stage 3 & 4 complete 80 minutes of Personal Development every fortnight. This lesson is taught by their form tutors with the aim of providing a safe and secure place where students can discuss sensitive topics. These topics include managing peer influence, living a healthy lifestyle, coping with stress, relationships and sex education as well as careers, planning for their future and independence skills to name but a few. During these lessons, students are encouraged to discover a wider view of the world through research and discussion. Throughout the year reference is made to our 6 pillars of character and students are given the opportunity to explore their views whilst developing their compassion, curiosity, confidence, courtesy, commitment and courage. These 6 pillars are the backbone of Personal Development and support our core purpose of ensuring that each student acquires the necessary knowledge, skills and character to make a positive contribution to society and ‘thrive’ as a global citizen.
If you have any queries about Personal Development, please contact Mrs Booth - firstname.lastname@example.org