Personal Development Award
What is the Personal Development Award?
We have created a whole school personal development award for pupils in KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2.
The main purpose of the Personal Development Award is to provide an opportunity for pupils to develop the skills and self-knowledge to prepare them for successful transitions in life. The Award provides opportunities for experiential learning, which will enable learners to reflect on their progress and build resilience and self-esteem. It also provides an opportunity to demonstrate and recognise achievement in a variety of situations.
The Personal Development Award develops the qualities and skills pupils need to become resilient learners and rights respecting global citizens in an ever changing world. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
How does it work?
The award is a two year project spanning each of the phases. Each phase is given an age appropriate journey log and will work through bronze, silver and then onto gold stage.
The Bronze award is reflective and based on personal skills e.g. resilience, self-esteem and self-belief.
Silver is focused on how they behave positively in school e.g. Ashbury bud’s, sports leaders or picking up litter.
Gold focuses on how they contribute in their local community e.g. helping out at home or volunteering.
To progress from bronze to silver and then onto gold, each pupil will show evidence that they have completed tasks which are then assessed by their class teacher before being allowed to move onto the next stage.
Each stage of the award is described clearly with examples of tasks they can do to complete it and skills which they can learn. These have been linked to the Unicef Convention on the Rights Of The Child.
Each phase has two years to complete their personal development journey log and those that achieve gold are awarded with a certificate in a special celebration assembly where parents are invited and the children are given an opportunity to share what they have achieved.