We promote and reinforce the British Values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance and the rule of Law which have been outlined by the government and these values are an integral part of the curriculum.

Our RE & PSHE curriculums are combined under the banner of Personal Development and incorporate the Northumberland’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2022-27. The agreed syllabus reflects that the religious traditions in Great Britain are principally Christian. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of religious education.

An Introduction to Personal Development

The Personal Development Curriculum in our school, refers to:

1. PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic wellbeing – including Relationships and Sex Education, Physical Health, Feeling Safe and Mental Wellbeing Education) and

2. SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development).

These two strands accommodate the development of a student’s health and safety as well as relationships with others, society and the wider world.

Through their studies, students will experience activities that develop their character, help them understand the British Values and what Equality means in today’s society.

“Today’s children are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children need to know how to be safe and healthy and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.”

Secretary of State forward: DfE Guidance 2019

The Personal Development curriculum intent is to ensure that every student leaves the Emily Davison School with our RICH T values through:

  • developing the character and values to become a respectful, responsible, caring citizen who is supportive of all others in the community
  • developing the knowledge of how to build, create and sustain meaningful, trustworthy relationships that lead to social fulfilment;
  • the ability to pursue further study, training or employment in a way that is informed and leads to professional success
  • understanding of how to live in a healthy way that promotes safety, happiness and confidence.


Personal Development is taught for two lessons a week in years 7 to 11 in all curriculum areas.