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Personal Development at St Luke's


What do we want to achieve?




At St Luke's, we recognise that the primary years are a key time for children to develop their own identity and aspirations for the future. As well as academic development, it is essential that children are given opportunities, through the curriculum and beyond, for personal development. We understand the crucial role we can play in helping children to prepare for their adult lives so they can go on to engage positively in society. 




At St Luke's our personal development education provides pupils with a range of skills that allow them to become life-long learners. In such a rapidly changing and challenging world, we support pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We help them to develop the qualities and attributes needed to thrive as individuals and members of modern society and live fulfilling, safe and healthy lives.


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. The curriculum and ethos of the school contributes to and assists children in building their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions.

Developing self-understanding, empathy and resilience, pupils are able to work with others and enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.


At St Luke's, Christian and British values permeate throughout the curriculum and school ethos developing and deepening pupils' understanding of the fundamental values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance. We promote equality of opportunity so that all pupils can thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique. As a school, we promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all pupils enabling them to flourish to their full potential. 


What does personal development look like at St Luke's?

St Luke's provides an holistic approach to promoting and encouraging personal development of all pupils. We teach our pupils the essential, age appropriate skills and knowledge to flourish personally, socially and academically.


Key skills include:


  • The development of self-understanding, empathy, resilience and tolerance 
  • How to maintain good mental health 
  • How to develop positive and healthy relationships 
  • Understanding British Law and mutual respect
  • Understanding equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion
  • The development of being a responsible, respectful and active citizen 
  • How to eat healthily and live an active lifestyle
  • How to keep safe on the road
  • How to stay safe on the internet and recognise risks (online/offline)

Please see the documents below outlining St Luke's Personal Development education.


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How have we adapted learning following a pandemic?


Due to school closures and COVID restrictions, pupils had limited access to experiences and activities that were beyond remote learning provided by school. 


However, at St Luke's, teachers strived to plan and deliver lessons and activities that enhanced pupils personal development remotely. By delivering a bespoke and adapted curriculum, pupils still accessed learning that enabled them to develop socially, spiritually, morally and culturally. 


This academic year, we have placed a big emphasis on pupils' personal development and planned in lots of experiences, trips and visits to develop pupils' cultural capital.