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Personal Development

Personal development is the development of students’ capabilities and potential. There are many elements to this, these are:

1 Citizenship
2 British Values
3 Protected Characteristics
4 Character Education
5 Mental Health
6 Safeguarding with respect to the use of technology
7 Healthy Living
8 Sex and Healthy Relationships
9 Careers Advice
10 Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
11 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education


Key Stage 3 and 4

Many of these elements make up our LIFE Curriculum which is taught to students in years 7 to 11 during registration on Tuesdays and Thursdays by our specialist LIFE Team teachers. This is an overview of the LIFE Curriculum:

The LIFE Curriculum is complemented by our Tutor and Assembly Programme.

Key Stage 5

The LIFE Curriculum is complemented by our Tutor and Assembly Programme.


In 6th Form, we take a different approach. Wednesday afternoons of week 2 are used for our 6th Form Enrichment Programme, an example term calendar is here -



Both our assembly programme and our bespoke LIFE curriculum help us achieve our aims. Both are delivered primarily during tutor time. For most weeks of the school year, students have a weekly assembly with their year group - this happens right the way from Year 7 to Year 13. The Learning for Life curriculum, along with assemblies and a series of calendered events throughout the year, develop our students' understanding of national and international events, celebrations and commemorations as well as their character.

In all phases of schooling, an assembly can make a positive contribution to student self-development and therefore be at the heart of raising achievement and standards. Assemblies are developed by planning to encourage students to reflect upon a set of universal values, such as love, peace, truth, co-operation and respect. These values act as the foundation not only for religious education (RE) but for the development of personal, social and health education (PSHCE), citizenship and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum. In other words they underpin the school’s values and the whole of the curriculum.

Our assemblies are taken by staff in school and some of our external partners in the community. They cover a whole range of topics from local, national and international themes to charity work, personal safety, anti-bullying, respect, British values, achievement and rights and responsibilities. Each morning at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College, school begins with a 20-minute session in tutor rooms with their tutor. This provides an excellent opportunity for tutors to prepare each student for the day ahead as well as for discussing:

  • attendance and punctuality issues
  • rewards and star performers
  • achievement
  • school expectation
  • urgent notices relating to that day
  • planner and equipment checks
  • safety in and out of school
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