Personal Development lessons in years 10 and 11 have been designed to encourage students to discuss and debate a wide range of topical issues that directly affect their day to day lives. Topics are challenging and relevant and include themes from Religious Education (e.g. Medical Ethics), Citizenship (e.g. Different Political Systems) and Personal Social Health Education (e.g. Relationships and Sex Education).
Students develop the knowledge, skills, values and competencies to keep themselves safe and healthy, and prepared for a fulfilling life. Students explore how they develop both personally and socially, whilst tackling many of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) issues that are part of growing up. Key skills and attributes are developed such as resilience, self-esteem, risk management, collaboration and critical thinking.
A large focus for year 10 is preparing for their self-generated work experience placement, creating a CV, practicing interview techniques and identifying their transferable skills. Similarly, in year 11 students consider their post 16 options, prepare for the application process and the different pathways available to them once they leave OBHS. We recognise the importance of thoroughly researching all options available to allow students to make informed choices.
Personal Development is not examined externally.
Post 16 Research and applications - https://helpyouchoose.org/content/
Mental Health and Wellbeing – https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/
Relationships and Sex Education – https://www.bigtalkeducation.co.uk/parents/
Childline – https://www.childline.org.uk