Personal Development Curriculum

The key aims of our PDC are to support pupils to become responsible, confident, healthy, and tolerant young adults who are prepared for life and work in an ever changing world.

At Judgemeadow we deliver a holistic curriculum for life. The key aims of our PDC are to support pupils to become responsible, confident, healthy, and tolerant young adults who are prepared for life and work in an ever changing world.We promote our ethos, that at Judgemeadow we believe in

  • Being Kind and helping others
  • Respecting each other
  • Being organised and disciplined
  • Working hard
  • Being proud of who you are



PDC education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that student engagement in PDC lessons has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

We believe that PDC education equips students to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of our PDC education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. PDC education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Many pupils at Judgemeadow lead restricted lives with a limited understanding around some important issues, for example relationships and diversity. There can also often be limited opportunities for them to gain cultural capital and exposure to the wider world. They face specific local threats such as radicalisation and there is a definite need to promote Fundamental Values. Our PDC curriculum is a response to the needs of our cohort and part of our intent to produce responsible, confident and tolerant young people equipped to succeed and compete in the communities of the future.

Students have one PDC lesson every two weeks, with their form tutors. For PDC, students are provided with a bespoke booklet for each year (which can be viewed by clicking on the relevant links below). The PDC curriculum encompasses areas of learning around key topics such as careers education, health education and relationships and sex education. Following the new government statutory guidelines on Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSE) that come into force from September 2020 we have ensured that the PDC curriculum at Judgemeadow Community College fits the needs of the new statutory guidelines.

The PDC curriculum is a five-year ambitious and sequential curriculum. It is an age appropriate curriculum based around three core themes – Living in the wider world, health and wellbeing and relationships. The PDC curriculum focuses on both knowledge and virtues, with these being:

  • Resilience
  • Respect for self and others
  • Self-worth
  • Honesty
  • Courage

Teaching and learning in PDC lessons replicates that in the rest of the Judgemeadow curriculum, with a focus on retrieval practice, interleaving and use of concrete examples in lessons in order for students to used the knowledge gained to be able to relate this to situations they may come across outside of school. Teachers across the school support the school behaviour for learning practices in lessons to help maintain a positive learning environment. As a result, students remain on task and are actively involved during lesson time

  • Interleaving – used across the year groups with a focus on 4 key areas which feature within the curriculum for years 7-11 – Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing, Living in the wider World, Relationships and Careers
  • Dual coding – use of graphical organisers and keywords to help understand learning
  • Retrieval Practice – used as starter and plenaries throughout the schemes of work
  • Elaboration – scaffolded questioning to encourage detail and development of extended writing
  • Concrete Examples – used the frequently to model good practice and lead to increased understanding and application of key themes in the wider world

PDC Curriculum

The full PDC curriculum for the academic year 2022-23 can be viewed here