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Personal Development Department

Subject Outline / Aim

Personal Development Education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. Personal Development education has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

At Holy Family Catholic High School, our aim is:

“To provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children and young people can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.”  (PSHE Association)


Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10

Year 11


“Who is responsible for teaching RSE?” Catholic Education Service

“Parents are the first educators of their children. It is their right and responsibility to inform and educate their children in matters relating to human growth and development, particularly sexual development. Therefore, schools should always seek to work in partnership with parents and carers and the teaching offered by schools should complement and not replace their primary role. The Church has a special duty and right to educate as part of its mission, and a Catholic school is the principal means by which it assists parents in their duties.”

Relationships, Sex and Health education is delivered at Holy family using resources provided by Ten:Ten.  Ten:Ten’s programme, Life to the Full, teaches Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church

Overview – Life To The Full


Subject Support Materials / Equipment

Ten:Ten provide an online Parent Portal where you can access more information about the programme.  Click on the link and use the following username and password to access this resource:

User name:   opp-holyfam-14

Password: rse-parent-purple


There are a wide variety of supplementary aspects of the Personal Development offer at Holy Family. Recent events have included a “Wellbeing day” with support from the Wellbeing in mind team and an exploration of the Five ways to wellbeing. During our enrichment week we had a variety of activities for students including talks from the Police and Fire service, First Aid training including use of a defibrillator and sessions on Prevent and County lines.