Personal Development

Personal Development

‘Encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally, socially and physically effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives; To become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.’

It is a process that involves the entire world of the young person, of which school can play a significant part. Personal development involves knowledge, attitudes, skills, relationships, and behaviour that can be used in and outside the classroom and helps the children to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. This involves thinking processes, managing emotions, values, and relationships along with a range of life skills that assist young people is coping with the challenges of everyday living. This is inclusive of their present needs and helping them in their development toward adulthood as they face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. Personal Development education contributes to assists children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy, and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

In keeping with our school ethos, the children are encouraged, and frequently reminded, to speak to a trusted adult when they have any concerns or worries.

At Carnagill School, we focus on our six attitudes that contribute to our Personal Development curriculum: Independence, Curiosity, Kindness, Pride, Commitment and Aspiration.

The Personal Development of children is seen in all areas of the curriculum, and is shown in a variety of diverse ways:

British Values – shared every assembly to embed the values we share in this country.

Protected Characteristics – Children are taught about rights and equality stemming from the Equality Act 2010 and the importance of treating everyone equally.

Wider Opportunities – every year, children are given opportunities inside and outside of school to continue their personal development.

Citizenship – Through local, national, and international challenges, here are some examples of how students and staff have tried to make the world a better place this year:

  • Litter picking
  • Christmas Cards to the local care homes
  • Sponsoring an Acre of the Rainforest
  • Writing to Buckingham Palace
  • Bake sale for Children in Need
  • Bags2School donations
  • Harvest donations to the local food bank.

Pupil Leadership – we encourage all our students to take on a leadership role in school, so they have responsibility and ownership of their behaviour. Our older children promote positive behaviour and high standards as role models to our younger children. Examples of our pupil leadership include:

  • School Council
  • Playground leaders
  • Singing club leaders
  • School Ambassadors
  • Assembly monitors
  • Y6/EYFS buddies

Carnagill School Pledge.

At Carnagill Primary School, we want all members of our school community to be inspired and have a bright future.
In order to expand their knowledge and enrich the lives of our students, the following essential experiences will be provided for every child to complete by the time they leave our school at the end of Year 6.

  • Go swimming.
  • Visit the local library and get a library card.
  • Represent the school in a sporting activity.
  • Take part in a school performance/assembly.
  • Visit a place of worship.
  • Help in the community (e.g., litter picking, care home visit)
  • Go to a museum.
  • Go to the theatre.
  • Do something for charity.
  • Dress up.
  • Meet and hold different animals.
  • Go to a park.
  • Learn to bake/cook something.
  • Participate in an after-school club of their choice.
  • Take part in a water fight.


Wider Opportunities at Carnagill