Abbotts Ann Church of England Primary SchoolCelebrating Achievement, Building the Future in God’s Love


In this school, PDL (Personal Development Learning) also known as PHSE (Personal, Health, Social Economic Education) is a key part of what we do throughout the school on a daily basis.   Our aim is to teach all young people in our care to become:


  • successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieving their goals
  • confident and happy individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society


Pupils’ personal development helps them to learn and achieve. It enables them to understand and acquire for themselves:


  • the skills and confidence to maximise their achievements
  • principles for distinguishing between right and wrong, considering issues of justice and injustice
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own beliefs and cultures, and those of others
  • enduring values, integrity and autonomy to help them become responsible and caring citizens capable of contributing to the development of a just society
  • the ability to challenge racism, discrimination and stereotyping
  • an awareness and understanding of the environments in which they live
  • the ability, as consumers, to make informed judgements and decisions, and to understand their rights and responsibilities


Our PDL curriculum also aims to develop children’s self-esteem and emotional well-being, and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for others.This curriculum also encourages pupils to develop key personal, thinking  and learning skills which they need to function as effective members of society and in the workplace. These include:


  • co-operation and team work
  • self-management
  • independent enquiry
  • reflective learning
  • creative thinking