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Philosophy & Personal Development

Welcome to Philosophy & Personal Development: Curriculum 2019 - 2020

Louise Whiteley

Curriculum Leader

The Team:

Catherine Vickers                 PPD Teacher

Introduction to the Department:

This core element of the curriculum in both Key Stages 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 complimentary 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.

The aim of our PPD programme is to ensure that 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.

We are constantly developing our curriculum to ensure we address topics that are relevant to the lives of our students and contemporary society.

Key Stage 3 Information:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


The Island

Healthy Lifestyles and Relationships


Money Management

British Values



Inspirational People


Healthy Relationships

Judaism: beliefs and practices

Marriage and Family

Staff will provide written feedback at regular intervals throughout the year. This will vary between formal assessments, End of Topic Reviews and Whole Class Feedback. Assessment will focus on the skills of PPD which include explaining, applying and evaluating key concepts and forming and justifying opinions with evidence.

Key Stage 4 Information:


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Drugs and Alcohol

The Holocaust

Sex and Relationships

Matters of Life and Death

Crime, Punishment, Justice and the Law

Mental Health


Community Cohesion

Medical Ethics

Rights and Responsibilities


Body Image

PPD is a non-examined subject. Students will receive feedback on effort only. They will complete three assessments per year which will focus on a personal response to the topic studied.