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Personal Development

The Personal Development curriculum at John Ferneley College is developed with the School’s core values in mind - Aspiration, Resilience and Community.  We aim to help students develop their self-respect, confidence and empathy.

Using both lessons and tutor times, the Personal Development curriculum aims to enable our students to understand the world around them and the world that they will be part of after their time at John Ferneley College. 

Our curriculum is responsive and reactive to the needs of our students and has been formed following regular student feedback, parent consultation and influence of our pastoral team.  Healthy relationships, mental health, living in the wider world and safety run as themes through each year and provide the bedrock to discussions and class explorations. 

Topics we are looking at this term in Personal Development:

  • Year 7 – Internet Safety
  • Year 8 – Introduction to intimate relationships (consent, STIS)
  • Year 9 – Options support – followed by sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Year 10 – Wellbeing – followed by Freddie Flintoff case study on Bulimia
  • Year 11 – Domestic abuse (documentary) and growing up (moving out, fraud and staying safe etc.)

To read our Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Policy, please click here.

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