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Curriculum: PD Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, we follow a spiral curriculum meaning that content can be presented in a way that supports the development of young people. Most students have one lesson of PD each week. 

In Year 7 we focus on settling into school, friendship issues and bulling, puberty, smoking, healthy lifestyles, the development of a baby, sun and sea safety and my dream career.  We continue to make use of circle time during this year.

In Year 8 our careers focus is on labour market information, a career investigation and starting your own business/what does it mean to be an entrepreneur. All students follow the British Red Cross Heartstart programme on First Aid. We learn about HIV, the condom as a method of protection and contraception along with the work of an MP, democracy in action and drug education.

As students enter Year 9 we examine the issues of mental health and how to stay mentally fit while flagging sources of help and support. We learn about sexually transmitted infections, homelessness and continue our drugs education. Using Stonewall resources, we learn about homophobia.  

We are lucky to have specialist staff to teach these often sensitive subjects and work with a host of community partners to ensure the best and most up to date information is given to our students.

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Personal Development is available here 

For additional information relating to the PD curriculum at Key Stage 3 please email

Mrs V Downing - Head of RE / PD


Richard Lander School