The Personal Future Programme is an essential element in a balanced curriculum which prepares children and young people to be personally more effective, healthy and responsible within society. Every teacher is responsible for promoting the social and communication skills of pupils in their care, so that they develop self-confidence, self-awareness, self-worth, self-discipline and tolerance. Personal and Social Education, Careers and Workrelated Education as well as Religious Education are statutory and therefore are taught in all years from 7 – 13.
At Llanhari we have a specific Personal Future Programme from Years 7 – 13. It offers children and young people opportunities to explore, investigate and gain knowledge in areas which are important to them at different stages of their development. Through this programme pupils acquire the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding which help them to develop as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to their communities and to our society in general.
This programme also develops study skills, key skills and problem solving skills by offering the opportunity for pupils to discuss and formulate balanced opinions and viewpoints on relevant and contemporary issues.
The programme is taught on specific designated Personal Future days during the term. These days are enhanced by specialists in a variety of fields who can share information and guidance e.g. the police, health workers, NSPCC workers.
The year 7 Personal Future programme includes issues such as:
new school, new friends
new friends being healthy and personal hygiene
responding to responsibilities
dealing with feelings and confrontation
drug abuse awareness
The school delivers health and sex education through this programme. Various departments deal with specific issues such as drug abuse, alcohol, smoking, healthy eating, keeping fit, moral maters, the family and economic awareness. Careers advice is also part of this programme.
In Year 12 the main aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity to discuss issues and gain insight and information in relation to various fields, such as medicine, industry, business and commerce and religion. In this way young people can exchange ideas and points of view with a wider audience so that they may develop as mature citizens who can play a full and active role within society.