Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

Personal Development At Cawthorne

'Pupils personal development is central to everything that the school does. The impact of this can be seen in the articulate    way that pupils can talk about their school.'                                                                                                                                               

At Cawthorne, we believe that enhancing our children's personal development is extremely important for them to become lifelong learners and to be able to live fruitful lives in modern Britain. Our Christian Values are at the heart of everything we do in order to promote life in all its fullness and deliver a holistic education. This allows each unique child to develop into the best possible version of themselves and harbour a sound moral compass which will allow them to successfully navigate the world around them. By acquiring the key knowledge and skills to foster academic excellence, coupled with the essential wisdom and character development to promote individual excellence; our children become happy, healthy, confident, responsible individuals who flourish in all aspects of their lives.

Through the expansive opportunities we offer, we strive to develop individual excellence in everyone. This allows us to encourage and nurture the essential wisdom and character development needed for each child to know their immense worth and to become responsible and active citizens in the world in which they live.

In order to achieve this, we carefully plan opportunities in our curriculum, our extra curricular provision, our co-curricular offer and super curricular links. Examples of this include: charity work; children having roles and responsibilities around school; being visible and active members in our community; developing a knowledge, understanding and demonstrating Fundamental British Values in action; sporting opportunities; links with the wider world; celebration of personal success; identifying, accepting and celebrating difference; a secure knowledge of how to stay safe and healthy.  By living out our values in our daily lives, becoming responsible citizens and demonstrating self-love, positive mental health and wellbeing, it allows us to foster and nurture personal growth and development.

Cawthorne Courageous Advocates

To further enhance our children's personal development, we encourage our children to learn from key figures in history so that they are able to use their voice in order to champion a cause which is special and meaningful to them. It is important for our children to appreciate their role as part of a community; to take responsibility, to be able to look after themselves and to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world. By demonstrating our values in action outside of our school environment, our children shine bright for the world to see.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole of our curriculum. At Cawthorne, we think carefully about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide.


The spiritual development of our children is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  • knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences


The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues


The social development of our children is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain


The cultural development of our children is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across
    cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities