Personal Development aims to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to deal with real-life issues affecting our school, community, nationally and the world. It’s concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes including relationships.

Through lively debate, discussion and project work we seek at Alvechurch Middle School to enable our pupils to become more informed, thoughtful, and responsible citizens. 

Personal Development equips pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation.  It helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, act and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world.

Management of provider access requests:

Providers wishing to request access should contact: Scott Evans

Opportunities for access Our curriculum and careers programme include opportunities for providers to come into school to speak to our pupils and/or their parents/carers. These can be arranged during timetabled Careers lessons or at other suitable times. Please speak to our designated staff member to identify the most suitable opportunity for your organisation.

Our Pupils learn about:

Year 7

  • Teamwork
  • Debating
  • Culture
  • Community
  • Food Banks
  • Diversity
  • Empathy and Disasters
  • Charity
  • Religion and Politics
  • Being British
  • Equality
  • Media, Managing Media, Media Portrayals
  • Social Media, Fake news
  • Careers, CV, Careers workshops, Interviews, NHS Project, why we work
  • Sleep
  • Child Exploitation (Somethings not Right scheme)
  • Child Abduction
  • Street Harassment
  • Misogyny
  • Business
  • First Aid

Year 8

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Drugs
  • County Lines
  • Alcohol
  • SRE, rules and change, Underage Sex, Consent, Healthy/unhealthy relationships, Teen Sex/ Contraception, Abortion, Social Medias links to relationships
  • Disrespect No Body
  • FGM
  • Resilience about Body Image
  • Careers, Employability, Apprenticeships, Entrepreneurs, Gender Equality and pay
  • Personal Finance
  • Mental Health, Depression, Self-harm/ Suicide, Positive Mental Health,
  • Every Mind Matters- Exam Stress, Being High School Ready
  • First Aid

Other aspects of PD may be covered in other subjects as shown below


Spirituality is implicit in the study of RE and in collective worship across school.  Collective worship provides opportunity for spiritual exploration through music, prayer and reflection. Pupils’ lives are open to a range of spiritual experiences ranging from reflection on art or music through to hearing a visitor from the religious community speak to them about their own spiritual experiences and of God. We also have opportunities for worship as a school community through our links with the local parish church. The RE curriculum (alongside the school environment itself) has the potential for promoting spiritual development of our pupils. The ways in which pupils appreciate and express their spiritual nature is very varied depending on background, belief and their own experiences of spirituality. RE lessons seek to help pupils develop themselves as spiritual learners, connect them with others in the school community, deepen their understanding of faith across all world faiths and help them make decisions and develop understanding of belief in God. All pupils’ views and beliefs are always respected and shared only if they choose to.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities are an important outlet to ignite new interest and to raise attainment. They encourage more imaginative and inventive teaching methods. At Alvechurch, STEM has been a very popular addition to the extra-curricular programme. It has engaged students and provided opportunities for them to think outside the box and develop their practical problem solving and critical thinking skills. There have also been opportunities for pupils to access STEM during activities week and during lessons.

The club has been a real hit with pupils and a great success. During each session, pupils have had the chance to problem solve, create, investigate, and discover applications in the world of STEM. Thus, encouraging further development of their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom.

Below are a snapshot of images that showcase some of the activities that have been enjoyed during both STEM club and during lesson time.

Policies closely linked with PD include;

Careers policy: Alvechurch CofE Middle School – Careers Strategy

SRE Policy: Alvechurch CofE Middle School ~ Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) Policy 2020