Personal development is taught in every year group by the registration teachers
Personal Development is a process that involves the entire world of the young person.
We describe Personal Development as:
‘Encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally, socially and physically effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives and to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.’
Personal Development is concerned with:
- behaviour that can be utilised in and outside the classroom;
- Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities;
- emotional awareness;
- values; and
- life skills.
Personal Development is based on the following key concepts:
Self awareness which provides opportunities to consider the importance of self confidence and self esteem to physical and emotional/mental health; Pupils have an opportunity to explore their sense of self and their personal morals, values and beliefs. They investigate influences on self and others and develop skills to improve their own learning;
Personal health which provides opportunities to understand the importance of recognising and managing factors that may influence physical and emotional/mental health; pupils have the opportunity to explore the concept of holistic health and the range of influences that can have both a positive and negative impact on all aspects of their health, including legal and illegal substances, accidents and all aspects of personal safety;
Relationships which provides opportunities to understand the importance of forming and maintaining relationships to physical and emotional/mental health; pupils have the opportunity to explore the qualities of relationships including friendships, and loving, respectful relationships. They examine ways to cope with challenging relationships and conflict situations and explore the implications of sexual maturation and early sexual activity.
Personal Development is consistent with the central aims and objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, that is, the development of the whole person. This entails the acquisition of key concepts and skills and the promotion of values and dispositions.