Trewirgie Junior School


Personal Development at Trewirgie Juniors

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

SMSC development  

Personal Development Programme overview

Below are examples of each aspect of personal development.

 Personal Development is at the heart of our children’s learning journey.  It encourages, promotes, adopts and embeds a wide range of skills that allow our children to be active and responsible citizens, where they can make a difference, have an impact, and leave a legacy.


Our Personal Development curriculum, alongside our school ethos and values, enable our children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, the school’s personal development curriculum develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and responsible citizens.


As the children journey through the school, the personal development curriculum enables them to manage many of the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times.


Key to managing change is resilience. Our ethos, underpinned by our approach to learning, supports this.  Our investigative and exploratory approach to learning, where children are encouraged to take the lead in their learning, and learn through making mistakes, ensures that they regularly encounter opportunities to step out of their comfort zone. This approach, alongside positive praise and recognition, builds children’s independence, self-belief, and resilience, vital for good emotional health and wellbeing.


Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development underpins other learning. Our Personal Development curriculum enables our children to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Through the development of self-understanding and empathy they are able to form healthy and positive relationships, both now and in the future.

"Make a difference, have an impact, leave a legacy"
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