Personal Development Learning



Charlotte Stephenson  

 PDL Coordinator


The PDL (Personal Development Learning) schemes of work have been developed using Hampshire County Council guidelines and advice from the PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) Association. The planned PDL programme is taught weekly by the class teacher through a range of curriculum areas (eg Science, Literacy and ICT) and within the whole school ethos.  PDL is delivered through a range of teaching styles which include:

* circle time

* whole school assemblies

* drama

* problem solving

* stories

The aims of PDL are to enable children to:

* know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle (eg the benefits of physical

activity, rest, healthy eating and dental health)

* be aware of safety issues (including road safety, the correct use of medicines and online safety)

* understand what makes for good relationships with others

* be respectful to others

* be an independent and responsible member of our school community

* develop self-confidence and self-esteem to enable them to make informed choices

* be positive and active members of the wider community (eg know what improves and harms their

local environment)

Staff have been trained in ‘The Prevent Duty.’ This enables them to identify children who may be at risk of radicalisation, and know what measures to take if that should arise.

The children also learn about ‘British Values’ through whole school assemblies. The British Values Charter is in each classroom:




In our school we have elected a school council so that we make sure every child has a voice.

The Rule of Law

We know that we must have rules to follow in school. There are also rules of law beyond our school that keep us all safe.

Individual Freedom

We encourage the children to make their own choices in a safe and happy environment.

Mutual Respect

Everyone is special. Everyone is different. We listen, respect and value what everyone says.

We wanted to create our own British Values poster that the children had designed. Each year group was given one to illustrate. The school councilors voted for the best one. A poster was then made which is on display in the school hall.


PDL at  Petersfield Infant School

PDL is about promoting children’s personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing. It helps to give children the knowledge and skills they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

PDL is a non-statutory part of the curriculum, but many schools choose to teach it because they find their pupils benefit from learning how to lead healthy lifestyles, manage their feelings and build positive relationships, PDL promotes positive behaviour, mutual respect and self-awareness.

Reception Year In the foundation stage there is area of learning called ‘Personal, social and emotional development’. In Year R children might:

  • identify and name feelings
  • begin to understand why it is important to keep clean
  • begin to show awareness of differences and similarities between people
  • consider the consequences of their words and actions on others and recognise that bullying is wrong.

Years 1 and 2 Pupils learn about:

  • themselves as individuals and as members of their communities
  • the basic rules and skills for keeping healthy and safe
  • their feelings, views, needs and rights. They learn to recognise those of others
  • taking responsibility for themselves and their environments
  • social skills such as sharing, taking turns, playing, helping others, resolving conflict, as well as recognising and resisting bullying.

Throughout our school children are encouraged and taught about the core values of

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


Pupils’ Social, Moral, Spirtitual and Cultural development has a high profile at Petersfield Infant School.

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 R and R

The children are introduced to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This provides universal principles of the need to promote and protect the rights of all children.

By beginning to know their rights the children start to understand that the adults around them and they themselves have a responsibility to ensure that these rights are respected.

Children begin to understand that they are citizens in the school, in the local community and in the wider world. This supports them in thinking about and forming moral judgements.

They develop a sense of being connected with other children globally and this helps them to develop the sense of being a global citizen.

Article 28 of the United Nations (UN) convention on the rights of the child states that all children and young people have the right to a primary education, and that young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education they are capable of.

What do we do to develop R and R at Petersfield Infant School?

  • The children develop class codes
  • They hear and are encouraged to use the vocabulary of rights and respect
  • We link with schools abroad
  • There is planned curriculum time every half term to investigate and understand R and R concepts and ideas
  • We teach the children about their rights
  • We connect with different local community groups
  • We support local and global charities
  • Children’s work is displayed
  • We have an active School Council who communicate pupil voice to the Senior Leadership

Fairtrade School Status – We are a Fair-Aware School

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