1. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
In P.D. you will learn skills and values which are centred firmly on the core belief that all people have 5 areas of life that, together, form who they are :- The 5 Elements of a Healthy Person:
Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive (Intellectual), Spiritual
We want to encourage you to grow and develop in all of these aspects of your life in order to become a well-rounded, healthy, “whole” person.
We hope that you will learn the skills & personal Capabilities to deal with life and all that it throws at you and that you will be able to make healthy and informed decisions for your life!
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 8?
TOPIC: STARTING OUT
You will investigate the two Key Words in P.D. = Empathy & Compassion. In understanding ourselves and how we think, we also begin to understand other people. You will begin to nurture your own identity and discover how to ‘balance’ the demands of life. Looking at the 5 Elements of the Healthy Person you will discover how you keep healthy and active.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 9?
TOPIC: SAFETY AND MANAGING RISK
In a world as complex as ours, we want to equip you to make healthy and safe choices in your life.
We will focus upon “Risk-Management” and will discuss and reflect upon the issues encountered by teenagers as part of everyday life. In class you will discuss a variety of situations that may be ‘Risky’ and devise ways to manage the level of risk experienced in each.
We hope that you will develop skills and capabilities that will enable you to make mature, healthy and safe choices for living!
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 10?
TOPIC: HEALTH AND HEART
You will examine how making healthy, balanced, decisions in life can enable you to better contribute to the world you live in.
Northern Ireland has become a diverse and multi-cultural society. As a contributor to this society you will reflect upon the importance of developing your own Morals and Values in order to encourage INTEGRITY in your dealings with other people.
As part of the P.D. course in Yr10 you will be examining the issue of RACISM and how it has impacted negatively upon our society in N Ireland. It is vital that we all understand the many influences that can act as barriers to our acting with integrity - and how to overcome these.
Ultimately, we would hope you are able to recognise how to act in a spirit of integrity and ensure that all people are treated with respect and equality.
Education For Employability
The Employability Department seeks to enable all pupils to discover and develop their skills and qualities fully in a safe, caring, challenging and enjoyable environment so that they will be competent to take their place in society both now and in the future.
The aim of Education for Employability is to ensure that all young people develop personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes which will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning, work and citizenship in a rapidly changing economic environment.
Aims & Objectives
Education for Employability comprises three objectives:
- Work in the Global Economy
- Career Management
- Skills and Qualities for Work.
Work in the Global Economy
This objective focuses on developing a critical understanding of how and why the world of work is changing, including:
- the impact of global interdependence and technology on the pace of economic change and the on the nature and patterns of employment
- the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers and the impact of key structures, organisations and regulations (such as the European Union)
- efficient management of personal, financial and environmental resources.
This objective focuses on developing the knowledge and understanding, skills and qualities which pupils will need to deploy in the management of their careers. The key elements are:
- self-awareness – the ability to examine individual strengths in relation to employment opportunities, personal development and career enhancement
- careers exploration – learning about career opportunities and developing the skills to research, analyse and evaluate options
- career planning – the process of deploying the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed choices about education options and career opportunities.
Skills and Qualities for Work
The main objective of this dimension is to encourage pupils to develop the skills and qualities which they will need for work. In contexts relevant to employability, pupils should have opportunities to practice and refine the generic skills (personal skills, interpersonal skills, physical skills, thinking skills, learning skills, and ICT skills) and to gain experience and confidence in integrating and transferring these to new situations.