On Wednesday 8th February the timetable at Trafalgar School was suspended for the day and the whole school took part in a Personal Development Day. Part of our core curriculum offer now is that students in Years 7–11 will experience a number of these days during each academic year when the usual timetable is suspended. Each year group will undertake a different whole day experience designed to develop further their Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, literacy and numeracy skills and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We were all very excited for the first of these days.
These PD Days provide an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in learning activities for a whole day and covers themes that are not necessarily addressed in subject areas of the curriculum. They experience a different way of learning and work with a range of visitors to the school who offer expertise in business development, entrepreneurial skills, confidence building, life skills and get to meet people with a great deal of experience to share.
Year 7 took part in “The World and Me” Day. They worked with Chichester University on aspiration for the future, the Red Cross explored what it means to be a refugee, Barclays ran workshops about confidence and how to present yourself. There were Drama workshops about how to resolve conflict and sessions run by tutors about body image.
Year 8 experienced a Careers Day with visitors from Chichester University, Barclays, the Careers Service and Apprenticeships experts. They took part in a number of different workshops all related to the skills they need to develop in school and got the opportunity to start to think about what they might aspire to do in the future.
Year 9 had the amazing opportunity to work with Mark Smith, our business partner through the EBP. He gave an inspirational talk about running a successful business and what it was like to be really successful, before starting the students off on a challenge. They had to design a new outdoor area for the school behind the Sports Hall. They had to measure the space and come up with a realistic idea for what could go there for the School and Community. Students worked really hard on their ideas and the winning team at the end of the day got a cash prize of £100! They will now work with the prefect team to develop their ideas into reality.
Year 10 worked with UNLOC from Portsmouth College as part of their amazing Enterprise Roadshow which was touring Portsmouth Schools. We were lucky enough to be the first school to take part. Students had to design their own chocolate brand and create an advert to sell it as well as brand it. They learnt all about how branding and selling works and then presented their brands with the best idea getting certificates and chocolate as a prize.
Year 11 benefited from some extra time with their Maths and English teachers in the morning, valuable extra sessions as exam season is approaching rapidly. In the afternoon they all gathered in the Sports Halls to carry out teambuilding skills with the National Citizenship Service team who had them running around and thinking about problem solving for the afternoon.
It was a great day! Students engaged in all the activities and said
“everyday should do this.”
“I learnt so much just talking to different people.”
“I’ve never met anyone with so much money. If I really work hard I could do that!”
“It was really good to meet real people who do different jobs and it’s given me ideas for when I am older.”
It was such a successful day. Thanks to all the wonderful visitors who provided a wonderful learning opportunity for our students.
Director of Personal Development