Personal Development Curriculum

Our Personal development curriculum at English Martyrs is centred around our Mission statement and ten virtues of love, kindness, respect, confidence, courage, patience, faith, resilience, love of learning and forgiveness. We expect our adults in school to positively role model these virtues daily and encourage all parents to actively refer to and support our children to use these virtues beyond school.

We actively promote and develop children’s understanding of our fundamental British Values  – Rule of Law, Democracy, Individual Liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance.

Our personal development curriculum offers unique learning experiences which provide our children with an enriched cultural capital. By offering a diverse and varied set of experiences we help to prepare pupils for life in modern day Britain.


We intend that all our children are able:

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    • To build on and improve the world that God created.
    • To grow their virtues to develop individual talents and interests, enabling them to make the most of all opportunities and experiences, following in the footsteps of Jesus.
    • To know the fundamental British Values and understand their importance in the children’s daily lives.
    • To leave our school as confident and resilient pupils ready to face new challenges and discover new learning.
    • To understand, build and maintain positive relationships with others guided through the teaching of the RSE curriculum.
    • To have tolerance and respect for all valuing differences, religion, race and understanding how people may identify.
    • To know their rights and responsibilities as a British citizen age appropriate.
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  • To focus on mental, emotional and physical wellbeing having a good understanding of the need to devote time to the development of these areas.
  • To build on positive character traits using their virtues, recognising when personal challenges occur and developing a toolkit to help them cope effectively with overcoming these challenges using resilience.
  • To have aspirations to want to be the best they can be academically and personally.


  • To use their virtues to develop and grow positive relationships with others.
  • To use their virtues in school and beyond to develop themselves as individuals, maximising their God given gifts, so that they aspire to be the best they can be.
  • To actively take responsibility to contribute to school, local and global actions to work together to overcome challenge in a variety of ways e.g. climate change
  • To reach out to others who may need additional support in a variety of ways e.g. fund raising, acts of kindness, pupil leadership


  • A clear and comprehensive bespoke personal development curriculum which covers the teaching of the RSHE statutory framework in line with diocesan guidelines.
  • The curriculum overview for RSHE is covered through 3 themes, created and loved by God (this explores the individual), created to love others (this explores an individual’s relationship with others) and created to live in community local, national and global (this explores the individual’s relationships with the wider world).
  • Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.
  • Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
  • Implicit curriculum opportunities are mapped on a whole school overview and detail wider opportunities for our personal development curriculum e.g. clubs, school trips, whole school events etc.


The impact of our personal development curriculum is that each child learns more, knows more and remembers more so that they reach their full potential in this curriculum area.

    • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to RSHE with a real life context preparing them for life in modern Britain.
    • Children will be able to question ideas, listen to others and reflect on knowledge.
    • Children will work collaboratively.
    • Children will be able to explain what they have learnt and how they will use this knowledge.