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Personal Development at Lathom – our intent
“I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Carl Jung
Our aims through our Personal Development programme are to ensure that, at both key stages, all students:
“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul” William Ernest Henley INVICTUS
Our PROUD values
The word PROUD is at the heart of everything we do and everything we ask of our students, staff, parents and wider community. Our mantra is ‘work hard, be kind’ and our PROUD values help us to do just that. Our values of Perseverance, Responsibility, Ownership, Understanding and Determination are traditional values which underpin everything we do at Lathom. We know that they help our students to be the best that they can be in all aspects of life.
Our Personal Development Curriculum
Our Personal Development Curriculum across key stages 3 and 4 is a continuous development of knowledge, skill and experience, which underpins our broad academic curriculum offer. By regularly going beyond the expected to give all of our students access to a wide, rich set of experiences and extra-curricular activities, we seek to broaden their horizons, drive their aspirations for their future and foster resilience, confidence and strength of character. We strive to develop their understanding of who they are, of their place in the world and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Personal Development is taught both discretely through PROUD days, tutor time and assemblies but is also embedded in everything we do in school across the curriculum.
Key Stage Three
At KS3 students work through the Personal Development Honours Programme; with a focus on developing skills, knowledge and experiences through their life at Lathom to support them to become resilient, organised and independent learners, and to foster a sense of social responsibility. This will be evidenced through a Personal Development Portfolio.
Key Stage Four
At KS4 students progress on to the Personal Development Aspirations Programme; here the aim is more focussed on preparation for life after Lathom. Students will be offered a wide range of Careers opportunities to allow them to make the right decisions for their own future. They will also continue to develop skills and qualities around our PROUD values, and be taught Relationships and Sex Education , Financial Management and Citizenship.
Every curriculum area seeks to provide enrichment opportunities which enhance and support the students’ learning experience in their subject while also giving students access to experiences which enhance their personal development. Further details of some of these opportunities are outlined in the subject pages on our website.
We support our ‘Life at Lathom’ offer. This is a list of 40 experiences guaranteed for every Lathom student during their time here, to make sure that they are ‘ready to take on the world’. Compiled by our students, parents, staff and governors, our ‘Life at Lathom’ list provides a wide and diverse range of life experiences including learning First Aid and CPR, experiencing live theatre and classical music, meeting people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, experience of the world of work, outdoor learning, trips and visits and facing our fears.
Our extra-curricular programme is rich and diverse. All students are expected to attend additional sessions as part of their Personal Development Honours and Aspirations Programmes. Full details of the extra-curricular timetable are available by clicking on the link below:
How to Support Your Child’s Learning
Support your child with homework. Ask them questions about what they are learning about in Tutor Time, in assemblies and in the activities they take part in on PROUD days. Talk to them about how it applies to their lives, and to the real world around them; discuss and explore issues in the world that surrounds your child and allow them to express opinions and consider whether they want to find out more about topics of interest. Watch documentaries, films and news programmes with them and talk about how they feel about both real and fictional events. Ask them to consider issues and events from another person’s perspective and to be open, honest and resilient in taking care of themselves and of their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
What to watch
What to read - non-fiction to develop our understanding and help and support students and their parents/carers
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World; Teen Edition Retold by Malala for her Own Generation - Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World - Malala Yousafzai
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice – Nikki Grimes
Tomorrow will be a Good Day – Sir Captain Tom Moore
You’ll Never Walk – Andy Grant
Many Different Kinds of Love: A story of life, death and the NHS - Michael Rosen
The Teenager's Guide to Life, the Universe and Being Awesome: Super-Charge Your Life – Andy Cope
You Are Awesome – Matthew Syed
The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager - Andy Cope
Yesss!: The SUMO Secrets to Being a Positive, Confident Teenager - Paul McGee
Positively Teenage: A positively brilliant guide to teenage well-being - Nicola Morgan
Hello Happy!: A Teenager's Guide to Creating Positive Mental Health - Eleanor Hatherley
Breathe Out: A Creative Guide to Happiness for Teen Minds (Wellbeing Guides) - MIND, Fiona Rose, et al
An Anxiety Book for Teens: An Easy To Read A-Z Anxiety Book for Teenagers (With Tips & Activities) - Ged Jenkins-Omar
The Complete Cookbook for Teens: 120+ Recipes to Level Up Your Kitchen Game - Julee Morrison
I Wish I'd Known: Young People, Drugs and Decisions: A Guide for Parents and Carers - Fiona Spargo-Mabbs and Rob Parsons
Every Parent Should Read This Book: Eleven lessons for raising a 21st-century teenager - Ben Brooks
What to read - fiction to help our understanding of who we are and our place in the world
Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
The Lines We Cross – Randa Abdel-Fattah
Does My Head Look Big in This? - Randa Abdel-Fattah
Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo
The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Rauf
Holding up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Online - for students and parents
Teenage wellbeing and mental health
YoungMinds - children and young people's mental health charity
stem4 - supporting teenage mental health
Calm - The #1 App for Meditation and Sleep
MoodGYM – Healthy Young Minds
Healthy relationships - Family Lives
Parenting teenagers - Relate
Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Careers and Aspirations – please see the Careers section of our website for further information
Exploring other cultures
Education | National Geographic Society
Explore Google Earth.
Stories, Art and Media on Heroes Around the World | MY HERO
25 Ways To Experience Different Cultures From Home - Alajode
Malala's Story | Malala Fund
Preparing for life in modern Britain
Healthy eating for teens - NHS
Healthy eating: What adolescents need - BBC Good Food
How to teach teenagers about money - Money Advice Service
Money management for teens | Teaching teens about money ...