THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

PDC - Personal Development & Citizenship

Ecclesbourne School is committed to the personal and social development of all our students. The aim of PDC is for students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. The variety of lessons, topics and extra- curricular activities enables students to develop the qualities and attributes that they need to thrive as individuals and members of society.

We deliver a spiral curriculum, in which we build on issues going up the school. PDC is taught to all year groups by form tutors.

How you will be assessed

In class, by your tutor, in line with school assessment policy.

Years 7-9

Contact: Miss J. Earp

Course Content

Year 7

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
PD: Transitions CEIAG: Money Matters RSE: Friendships PD: Being healthy

Year 8

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
CEIAG: Introducing Careers C: Democracy RSE: Relationships and the Media PD: Personal well-being

Year 9

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
C: Law and Order CEIAG: Self-evaluation and 14+ Options C: Consumerism RSE: Choices

Advanced Learning Events/Days

Take Your Child to Work Day (Year 8), STEM day (Year 7), Health Day (Year 8), Chelsea's Story (Year 9) Enterprise Day (Year 9); Relationships and Sex Education assemblies and workshops (content is appropriate to age group)

Year 10 & 11

In Term 1 of Year 11 students attend an assembly delivered by a further education college and another assembly led by an apprenticeship provider. All Year 11 students are invited to attend the School’s Careers Fair which takes place in early October. There is also an evening about Ecclesbourne Sixth Form.

All of these events contribute to our 16+ Options Process. As part of this process all students are assigned a Progression Mentor, who is either a member of Sixth Form Office, Upper School Office or the Careers Department. Students will have a meeting with that member of staff in November, during which post-16 options are discussed and advice given. A second meeting is held after the mock exams. Students can also book an individual careers interview with an independent advisor who is in school every Thursday.

Timetable for Year 10 & 11

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
Year 10 CEIAG: Work & Money Citizenship – The Wider World RSE – Mental Health; Alcohol Citizenship - Ethics
Year 11 CEIAG: The world of work CEIAG: Applications and CVs RSE – Drugs and Consent Citizenship - Democracy

Years 12-13

Personal Development and Citizenship

Sixth Form students continue to have weekly PDC lessons, delivered by their Form Tutor. The curriculum is supported by additional talks and events organised by the PDC Department and/or the Sixth Form Office.

Course Aims

The aim of PDC is for students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. The variety of lessons, topics and extra- curricular activities enables students to develop the qualities and attributes that they need to thrive as individuals and members of society.

Course Content

Year 12

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
PD: Life in the Sixth Form; study skills; making the most of opportunities C: Current Affairs
CEIAG: Work Experience applications
PD: Economic Well-Being CEIAG: Where next? Volunteering, gap years, apprenticeships and university

Year 13

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/4 Term 5/6
CEIAG: Post-18 applications C: Current Affairs PD: Economic Well-Being Study Leave

Extra-Curricular Activities

The extra-curricular activities and events vary year on year. However, regular sessions include Young Drivers Awareness; Giving Blood & Organ Donation; RSE update; Drugs, the dangers.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the Careers curriculum please email headofcareers@ecclesbourne.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.