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Philosophy & Personal Development

Welcome to Philosophy & Personal Development
2023 - 2024

Mrs Carly McCready
Curriculum Leader

The team:

Mrs C McCready-Williams – Curriculum Leader of PPD & Inclusion Manager
Mrs S Kinteh – Deputy Head Teacher & PPD Teacher
Mrs C Daish – Assistant Head Teacher & PPD Teacher
Mr S Laycock – Assistant Head Teacher & PPD Teacher
Mrs C Vickers – SENCO & PPD Teacher
Miss C Drakard – History & PPD Teacher
Miss M Bilsland – PE & PPD Teacher
Mrs D Davey – Geography & PPD Teacher
Mrs M Nicolaou – Music & PPD Teacher

What is PPD and why is it important?

The aim of our PPD Curriculum is to give every student an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future. This includes helping students to deal with critical issues they face every day, such as friendships, emotional well-being and change. We strive to give students a solid foundation for whatever challenging opportunities lie ahead, so they can face a world full of uncertainty with hope.

From making informed decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PPD helps students prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they may face. By the time our students leave Eggar’s, they will be fully aware of the ‘outside world’, be adaptable to changing circumstances, be able to weigh up information and make responsible decisions.

What do students learn in PPD?

In both key stages, PPD incorporates Religious Studies, Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education). The topics taught below are designed to address themes from Religious Studies, Citizenship and PSHE, in a unified and complementary way.

Students explore ideas and concepts with an aim towards independent learning, resilience and a deepening awareness of their place in society, both now and in the future. Students are encouraged to develop empathy and to be able to appreciate the views, beliefs, and values of others. Healthy argument and debate are also used to develop confidence and to consolidate learning.

Summary of curriculum content
To view the Learning Journey for PPD please click here.

Challenge and support in PPD

In PPD, students are taught in mixed ability groupings. Teachers set the highest expectations and pitch our challenging curriculum at the top; lessons are then constructed to ensure all students are supported.

In Key Stage 3, to complement their in-class studies, all students are set homework as part of the ‘Project Style Homework’ programme. Additionally, students are encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs through reading or watching the News.

Developing Eggar’s Learners in PPD

In PPD lessons, The Eggar’s Learner is curious. They study a range of topics, within all of which they are encouraged to question and debate. In all lessons, the concept of critical curiosity is fostered. This allows students to become reflective and resilient learners.

In its entirety, the PPD curriculum encourages students to think critically and independently. The positive, supportive & respectful environments created in PPD classrooms encourages the participation and perseverance of all students.

How is PPD assessed?

PPD is a non-examined subject. Students will receive feedback on effort only.

Learning beyond the classroom

Students are encouraged to keep up to date with current affairs through reading or watching the News.