The increased demands on students at A level compared to GCSE can be challenge for some. We are committed to ensuring all students become effective independent learners, taking ownership and control of their own learning at their A-level subjects so they fulfil their academic potential. Based on student voice, the Personal Development curriculum was developed to aid students with these skills as we believe that Personal Development is at the heart of everything we do in Post-16. All students in Post-16 will receive two years of lessons in PD. These are classes that are designed to help students:
1. Rise to the personal and academic challenges of Post-16.
2. Learn how to 'work smart' and manage their time efficiently.
3. Start to think deeply about their next steps after Post-16 and research their various options.
4. Fill in the relevant application forms necessary for their next steps, be that university, a high or degree level apprenticeship, heading to college or going straight into the world of work.
5. Develop the life skills that will enable them to be articulate, optimistic citizens of the world who can confidently go on to do anything they choose.
6. Sharpen their critical thinking skills.
The course also encourages students to sharpen their thought processes and to improve beyond their comfort zones to develop a reflective approach to their studies and extracurricular skills.
At The West Bridgford School, we have close links with employers, and give the students guidance on work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. The skills required for employment will be mirrored in their PD lessons, allowing students to build strong applications for these. Students are also given Higher Education guidance. Parents will be invited, along with their child, to a UCAS Information Evening. The students will attend the HE Fair, be given lessons on the process and personal statements and given 1:1 student support meetings with their tutor.
Below is the PD lesson programme from 2023-24.