Personal Development

Our Personal Development curriculum aims to promote the importance of the Queensmead values to students and they are planted firmly within the PD lessons. We aim to ensure that students leave Queensmead as responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults

Students will have one hour per fortnight of Personal Development on a rotating timetable. Every year group has a different focus each half term and lessons are tailored to their current stage of development. These lessons are structured to slowly build each student’s confidence in the topic areas and to ensure they receive a broad curriculum of Personal Development from Year 7 to Year 13. These lessons are often supplemented by presenting speakers and performances from outside agencies, to consolidate students’ learning. 

Please see the topics covered for each Key Stage below:

Key Stage 3: 

  • E-Safety
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Puberty
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Global Politics
  • Managing risky behaviour
  • Money Management
  • Global issues
  • Respect
  • Sexuality and Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Identity, culture and gender
  • Sex Education
  • Smoking
  • Crime
  • Family life
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Career Aspirations


Key Stage 4

  • Human Rights
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Sex Education/Teen pregnancy
  • Moral Decisions
  • Drug misuse
  • Career preparation
  • Financial management
  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Revision and independent study skills
  • Post 16 preparation 
  • Consent
  • Mental Health
  • Recognising exploitation and abuse


Key Stage 5

  • Political education
  • Independent Living skills
  • Personal safety
  • Post 18 career options
  • Interview Preparation
  • Work Experience and UCAS applications
  • Revision and independent study skills
  • Consent
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Discrimination