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Personal Development

At West Kirby School and College we not only aim to be “Changing Children’s lives”, but give children the confidence, resilience and tools to change 'their own' lives and engage with society.

This emphasis on empowerment and pupils taking responsibility for their own actions, choices and development runs throughout the curriculum and beyond.

Below are some examples of the opportunities a pupil at West Kirby will have to support their personal development.

Dimension Example

Developing responsible, respectful and active citizens

  • Clear expectations in place with rewards and natural consequences.
  • Going for Gold reward system which motivates and encourages pupils to not only follow expectations, but exceed expectations.
  • Pupil Voice
  • Opportunities to engage with the local community and environment– such as litter picking on the beach.
  • Promotion of responsible behaviour such as recycling, conservation and charity.
  • Opportunities to engage with charitable organisations and events – such as supporting local food banks.
  • Initiatives in place by the anti-bullying co-ordinator to promote positive behaviour and challenge negative actions.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
  • Team building activities during lunchtime activities, after-school clubs and Wellbeing afternoons.

Developing and deepening understanding of fundamental British values


Promoting equality of opportunity so that pupils thrive together

  • Differentiation of the curriculum so it is accessible to all.
  • Team building activities during lunchtime activities, after-school clubs and Wellbeing afternoons.
  • Effective use of risk assessments so inclusivity is promoted.
  • Differentiation of activities to enable accessibility.
  • Residential trips.


Understand that difference is positive, not negative and that individual characteristics make people unique

  • Celebration of differences through focused weeks such as Neurodiversity week; Autism Awareness week; Deaf awareness week; LGBT month; Anti-bullying week; Mental Health awareness week.
  • Use of One Page Profiles to identify individual strengths.
  • Positive role modelling by staff, with negative behaviours and comments challenged.
  • Individual and group work on understanding pupils diagnoses.
  • Recognition of the achievements of individuals who have a special educational need or disability e.g. TV personalities, entrepreneurs, ex-pupils.
  • Visits from external speakers.
  • Individual and group work from PCT, SALT and OT.
  • Recognise the positive achievements of characters in history and literature with differences.

Promote an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all pupils irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation

  • Clear expectations of pupils.
  • Active promotion of inclusivity and understanding of protected characteristics through posters, display boards, assemblies and PSHE/ Life skills curriculum.
  • Exploit opportunities in the curriculum such as History, RE, English to re-inforce inclusive practice.
  • Positive role modelling by staff, with negative behaviours and comments challenged.
  • High aspirations for all pupils, with staff actively supporting pupils to overcome perceived or real barriers to success.

Develop pupils' character defined as a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs motivation and guides their conduct

  • Use of One Page Profile to identify strengths and support mechanisms.
  • Going for Gold.
  • Use of resolutions to reflect on behaviour and choices.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
  • Focus on charity days/ charitable organisations.
  • Opportunities to engage with local community and charity projects.
  • Pupil Empowerment Project – development of pupil ambassadors to identify and promote good causes.
  • Individual and group work from PCT, SALT and OT.
  • Positive role modelling by staff, with negative behaviours and comments challenged.
  • Positive and meaningful feedback given to pupils.
  • Weekly celebration assembly.
  • AQA Unlocking Potential Programme.
  • Recognise the effects and impact of anti-social behaviour through active discussion, PSHE curriculum and external speakers.


Develop confidence, resilience and knowledge so they can keep themselves mentally healthy.

  • Use of One Page Profile to identify strengths and support mechanisms.
  • Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
  • Team building activities during lunchtime activities, after-school clubs and Wellbeing afternoons.
  • Residential trips.
  • Individual and group work from PCT, SALT and OT.
  • Advice and support from school Clinical Psychologist.
  • Opportunities throughout the curriculum to experience success through careful differentiation.
  • Opportunities throughout the curriculum to experience failure in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Focus on positive mental health through posters, displays.
  • Positive relationships with key members of staff to provide opportunities to talk and co-regulate.
  • Zones of regulation programme to support pupils in recognising their emotions and identifying strategies to self-regulate.
  • Staff trained in TCI to support pupils to regulate when experiencing distress or crisis.
  • Active promotion of independent working.
  • Use of resolutions and de-briefs to reflect on choices.


Enable pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their safety e.g. risks from CSE, domestic abuse, FGM, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation, extremism and the support available to them
  • Regular promotion of online safety through focus days and weeks – such as safer internet week, cyber-bulling.
  • Internet safety policy
  • Clear expectations for pupils.
  • Active promotion of how to stay safe online through posters, displays and assemblies.
  • All staff aware of Keeping Children Safe in Education, PREVENT and CHANEL and safeguarding procedures.
  • Active discussion (at an age and stage appropriate level) through PSHE and Life skills curriculum.
  • External speakers – e.g. Brook


Develop understanding of how to keep physically healthy


  • PE curriculum differentiated to enable access to all pupils.
  • School based initiatives such as WKS Move.
  • Lunchtime activities include physical opportunities.
  • After-school basketball club.
  • Pupils have regular access to movement breaks throughout the day.
  • Wellbeing afternoons include a range of physical activities.
  • Healthy eating and maintaining physical health actively promoted throughout school through posters, display boards, PSHE, life skills, science, horticulture and PE curriculum.
  • Healthy eating choices available at lunchtime.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Develop age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships
  • PSHE, RSE and Life Skills curriculum.
  • Individual and group work by PCT and SALT.
  • Active promotion of what healthy relationships look like by positive modelling of staff.


Provide effective careers programmes

  • Independent careers advisor meets with pupils throughout the year.
  • Opportunities to visit businesses and employers.
  • Potential career opportunities identified and highlighted throughout the curriculum e.g. STEM.
  • Careers curriculum provided by school Careers and Pathways Officer in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Opportunities to visit colleges.
  • Opportunities to visit careers fairs.
  • External speakers.
  • Use of One Page Profile to identify pupil areas of interests and aspirations.
  • Opportunities to engage in work experience programmes.


Support readiness for next phase of education, training or employment.

  • Life Skills curriculum focusses on skills required to access and successfully engage in society – e.g. travel training.
  • Active promotion of developing independence by positive modelling from staff.
  • Individual and group work by PCT, SALT and OT.
  • Individual support provided by Careers and Pathways Officer to develop bespoke transition plan.
  • Visits to colleges, training providing and employers arranged.
  • Close links established with external agencies such as social care, young peoples’ services in pupils local area.
  • One Page Profile updated to reflect strengths and support needs for individuals.
  • Close liaison with parents and carers to support them in supporting their young person.


West Kirby School and College, Meols Drive, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 5DH

0151 632 3201