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PDL (Personal Development Learning)

Our Curriculum Intent for PDL


At Fleet Infant School, PDL (Personal Development Learning), is embedded in all that we do to enable our children to become independent, responsible, healthy and confident members of society. Our PDL curriculum has been built with the aim to support the development of the ‘whole child’, by helping them to understand how they are developing personally and socially as well as promoting their social, mental and physical development. Children will be able to develop the ability to tackle the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. Through our discreet lessons as well as wider cross curricular approach to teaching PDL, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to access the wider curriculum. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


At Fleet Infant School we use a programme from Coram Life Education called SCARF(which stands for Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience and Friendship),  which takes a three strand approach addressing children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes. This programme is aligned with the National Curriculum (Citizenship, PSHE Education) and ensures that we meet the statutory requirements for children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare.


By using this programme, children’s PDL sessions are fun, engaging and memorable. Children meet Harold the Giraffe puppet (‘Healthy Harold’), his friends, have discussions and watch short films about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect children’s health and education outcomes.