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PDL - (Personal Development Learning)

Personal development learning (PDL) (previously PSHE) is a non-statutory subject. However, Relationship and Health Education are covered during these lessons and, as of April 2021, these are statutory. At Norwood Primary School we believe PDL enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach the children how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy in school through teaching and the school council. We teach them about rights, respect and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.

In KS1 and KS2 each year group covers 3 core themes throughout the year and each theme is split into 5 topic areas. They are

  • Health and Wellbeing - Healthy lifestyles, Mental health, Ourselves -  growing and changing, Keeping Safe and Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Relationships - Families and close positive relationships, Friendships, Managing hurtful behaviour and bullying, Safe relationships, Respecting self and others
  • Living in the wider community - Shared responsibilities, Communities, Media literacy and digital resilience, Economic well-being: money, Economic well-being: aspirations, work and career


Children in the Early Years are taught the PDL elements of the Foundation Stage through the Personal, Social and Emotional aspect of the curriculum.


Each class is provided with a personal curriculum developed by the class teacher to represent what they feel is best for their class. This is approached in the class through circle time, class discussions, role play and class assemblies.