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Personal wellbeing and the national curriculum aims

Personal wellbeing has a distinctive contribution to make to the aims of the national curriculum. The personal wellbeing programme of study provides opportunities to plan sequences of work, learning outcomes and teaching approaches that develop:

Successful learners

Personal wellbeing creates successful learners by helping pupils identify their abilities, skills and strengths and therefore increasing their confidence and self-esteem. It teaches pupils research skills and helps them use information to weigh up options and make informed choices. Pupils are encouraged to reflect critically on themselves and their behaviour and to set and meet personal targets.

Personal wellbeing develops the social skills of communication, negotiation, assertiveness and collaboration, enabling pupils to learn successfully as individuals and as members of teams, groups and communities.

Confident individuals

Developing confidence, self-esteem and a strong sense of identity lie at the heart of personal wellbeing. The programme of study centres around pupils recognising and reflecting on their skills, qualities and attributes in order to make the most of their abilities. Pupils gain confidence by knowing where to look for advice and guidance on matters related to health and relationships, and by providing advice and guidance to others. Using social skills to build and maintain a range of healthy and positive relationships enables pupils to feel confident in developing existing and future friendships and relationships and resisting unhelpful peer influence.

Responsible citizens

Personal wellbeing offers opportunities for pupils to work collaboratively as members of groups and teams and take responsibility for providing information to others. By developing social and emotional skills they can make positive contributions to families, schools and communities. By exploring similarities and differences between people, and recognising and accommodating diversity within society, they can demonstrate empathy with others and challenge prejudice.

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