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PDL (Personal Development Learning)


Personal Development Learning (PDL) enables our young people to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.  As part of a whole school approach, PDL develops the qualities and attributes our students need to thrive as members of society.

“Schools should seek to use PDL education to build….guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.”
(National Curriculum)


The PDL programme of study is based on the needs of today’s students. It identifies the key concepts and skills that support students’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  Sessions are delivered across our curriculum, mainly within our Enrichment Days, and in some cases within the core curriculum for students – especially in Science and Humanities subjects.

Our programme of study covers key stages 3 and  4 and is based on three core themes: 1. Health and Wellbeing; 2. Relationships; 3. Living in the Wider World, within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility.

In addition to themes above, Key Stage 3 students in Year 7 start their PDL  journey with a focus on transition skills to help them to have a positive start to their secondary experience.

Throughout the year, we hold four Enrichment Days when our timetable is suspended and students follow a PDL/ Careers-based focus for the day.  These days have been very useful to our students in preparing them for their life after school. Sessions are delivered both as a year group focus and as a whole school focus with vertical groups.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to Warblington School for today’s Enrichment Day.  My daughter came home and was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all the different things that had been covered.  The school is certainly helping her become a well rounded and independent young adult.  Many thanks again for a well thought out and thought provoking day.”

Our PDL curriculum is embedded within our work in becoming a Rights Respecting School in partnership with UNICEF.  PDL will enable students to understand the 42 articles stating the rights of all children and young people.  PDL sessions will be focused on what they mean for us and how we can move towards a deeper understanding of the implications these articles have on our lives.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The PDL curriculum will support all enrichment opportunities across the school and will provide students with the time to focus on developing their personal skills and attributes to better support their time at school.


PDL is delivered by Warblington staff, with external agencies invited in as appropriate, to enrich learning opportunities.  Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards to enable students to be fully engaged in their learning.  ICT is frequently used, especially in Years 10 and 11 with Plan-It and Wex-On-Line Programmes which enable students to fully engage with their careers education.