Personal Development is unlike any other curriculum area as the subject is the students themselves. The focus is on students' personal, social, heath, citizenship, careers and enterprise education, as well as sex education. We deliver a 'spiral curriculum' meaning that the same broad headings are covered in each year group, with the content and detail being driven by the age and maturity of students.
The curriculum for each year group is delivered through Personal Development specialist teaching staff, which gives students the best possible experience within the classroom.
A wealth of outside speakers and professionals from a variety of partner agencies make a valuable input into various aspects of the curriculum, and this is something our students really benefit from.
The school also values the input of parents and to this end, we hold an annual Sex and relationships forum for Year 7 parents as well as a Drugs Education forum open to all parents.
As part of our wider Citizenship curriculum, students also work with local Solicitors and Magistrates as part of the county wide Mock Trial Competition, giving students a valuable insight into the workings of the legal profession. Richard Lander School's entry won the county's Mock Trial competition in 2011.