Personal Development Learning (PDL) vision statement Incorporating SMSC and British Values
At the Elson and Gomer Infant Federation, we are committed to the teaching of PDL, Citizenship, Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and British Values in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. This is not only embedded in our wider curriculum, but is also delivered discreetly through weekly sessions, collective worship, reflection and during circle times.
We believe that our PDL programme is based on the desire to increase children’s understanding of themselves, to overcome ignorance, avoid exploitation and promote their spiritual, social, moral and cultural development.
Through Citizenship pupils gain knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to participate in society as active Citizens. It enables them to become informed, critical and responsible, aware of their duties, rights and responsibilities, and know they belong to a community.
Through the promotion of British Values (BV), we encourage the children to practice the rule of law, democracy and individual liberty. We support the children with their own feelings and teach them mutual respect, empathy and tolerance of others in order to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
As part of our Federation’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism. The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
As PDL, BV and SMSC is highly promoted and engrained in our whole Federation values and ethos, it encourages children to become life-long learners, who make a positive contribution to their community.