Staff and Responsibilities
Mr P Shelton – Deputy Headteacher – Destinations (CEIAG)
Mrs B Moss – Deputy Headteacher – Pastoral & Wellbeing
Mrs J Madden – Director of Learning – Personal Development Strategic Planning (including CEIAG)
Mrs R Ramsden – Assistant Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead, PDE / GCSE RS Teacher
Mrs P Birchall, WRL Coordinator – CEIAG Coordination
Mr L Clarke, Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator & GCSE RS Teacher
Mrs J Dobson, Teacher – PDE / GCSE RS Teacher
All Subject Leads – Mapping of Cross Curricular PSHE
All Form Teachers – Delivering PSHE Focus Weeks
The vision of the Personal Development and Ethics (PDE) department is to deliver a curriculum through which learners are enabled to live healthy, safe, capable, productive, responsible and balanced lives. We encourage leaners to make effective transitions, make positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic well-being. A large part of our curriculum provides opportunities for learners to safely explore, reflect and clarify their own values and attitudes on the complex and sometimes conflicting range of ethical concepts, values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. Throughout both key stages students will examine a range of different cultures and religions.
Bedford High School’s Personal Development and Ethics (PDE) curriculum has two strands, the first incorporates the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship, British Values, Character education, SMSC, Mental Health and wellbeing, Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and the second strand incorporates Religious Education. PDE is taught across both key stages for 1 hour per week. In addition to PDE, Religious Studies is also offered as a GCSE option at KS4.
Our PDE model is designed to enable the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We feel it is important that our students leave school with an understanding of culture and society; with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.
Year 7 content
Introduction to Communities
Physical health, fitness and healthy eating
Diversity and discrimination
Healthy relationships, puberty and consent
Who was Jesus?
What does it mean to be Jewish?
Year 8 content
What does it mean to be Muslim?
Online and Media
How do people respond to Ultimate Questions?
Identity, Stereotypes and Equality
Prejudice and Discrimination
What does it mean to be Christian?
Year 9 content
What does it mean to be Buddhist?
Respectful relationships including friendships
Internet Safety and Harm
Animals and the Environment
Relationships, Sexual Health and Consent
Year 10 content
Crime and Punishment
Intimate Sexual relationships, including Sexual Health (1)
Contraception, STIs and Consent
Marriage and Relationships
Anti-Social and Criminal Behaviours
Intimate Sexual relationships, including Sexual Health (2)
Year 11 content
Work and Careers (1)
Work and Careers (2)
Intimate Sexual relationships, including Sexual Health (3)
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
War and Peace
Employment Rights and Responsibilities
A variety of delivery techniques are used to enhance learning in PDE. Typical PSHE activities include: