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Personal Development

The aim of the Personal Development curriculum at St Ivo Academy is to offer students a wealth of opportunities to learn about themselves, their attitudes and opinions, and where they fit into the world. Our ultimate aim is for all St Ivo students to develop the attributes, confidence and knowledge needed to navigate life’s challenges, before they experience them in the real world.

The taught PD curriculum focuses on learning opportunities within 3 key strands: Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) , and Living in the Wider World. Our programme of learning is based on the PSHE Association’s programme of study. Academy assemblies and linked Tutor PD sessions support the taught curriculum by asking our students to reflect on their role as Citizens, their values and beliefs as well as supporting the academy ethos of WORK HARD, BE KIND and ACHIEVE MORE. 

British Values (democracy, the rule of law, respect and individual liberty) are at the heart of the PD programme, as well as ensuring that all students understand the privilege of working in a richly diverse community where differences are celebrated and protected characteristics are respected and welcomed.

Personal Development does not end there though. It permeates every aspect of school life. Our rich extra curricular offer, trips, clubs, sporting events and Drama, Dance and Music performances and in fact every contact we have with our students, whether formal, informal, within the classroom or beyond, is a PD learning opportunity, with the capacity to open doors, raise aspirations and develop students’ cultural capital. Every staff member has the privilege of contributing to this curriculum, and every teacher is a teacher of Personal Development.

Please explore our PD curriculum map using the links below, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like further information about any aspect of the taught curriculum ( or the whole school perspective (

PSCHE Curriculum 2023-24

Sixth Form PD Curriculum 2023-24