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Personal Development

Personal Development

There are many ways in which we deliver a curriculum of personal development to our students. Through social, moral, spiritual and social guidance within our existing curriculum, through dedicated form time activities, and through timetabled days across the year covering the three main principles of personal development: health and wellbeing, relationships, and living in the wider world.

Our aim is to offer a wide-ranging provision which engages and challenges every student at Light Hall, enabling their personal development and understanding to flourish; a provision which sits at the heart of the students’ day to day life and learning in school.

Alongside this, we actively promote the fundamental British values of law, democracy and freedom to equip our learners to be thoughtful and caring citizens in the wider world.

Overview of our provision

  • Termly PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) days for each year group, covering the three strands of: living in the wider world; health and well-being; relationships.
  • In the autumn term, we delivered five successful sessions on living in the wider world, with topics such as British Values, managing your finances, careers exploration, CV writing and study skills.
  • Half termly SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and social) projects in form time, differentiated between KS3 and KS4. KS4 students have been looking at Black History Month, ‘Brexit’ and its consequences and community cohesion.
  • We have launched the Light Hall Award this year for our KS3 students, to promote their understanding of equality and diversity. All students participate in half termly form time projects, and have so far looked at the Paralympics, Inter-Faith week, and studies on the people our buildings here at Light Hall are named after: Aristotle, Blake, Churchill, Da Vinci, Einstein, Franklin and Gandhi.
  •  We use tutor time to explore a ‘thought for the week’ which is linked to the global calendar, highlighting important events such as ‘International Day of Democracy’ and ‘World Day of the Sick’. These are shared with students through their form tutors and in assembly each week. All assemblies link back to our core values as a school: love of learning, active participation, high expectations for all, sound moral compass, care and respect and excellence.
  • We explicitly teach British Values through our PSHE offering, looking at democracy and law in Britain.
  • We currently offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs to encourage personal development: sports, music, drama, art, science, humanities, MFL film club, maths support. Participation is high with between 200-300 participants across the clubs weekly. Alongside our House events, we encourage our students to flourish outside of lessons within the school’s environment.


Miss S McLean  is our current PSHE Co-ordinator