Personal Development Curriculum (Year 9 & 10)
Our aim is for every student to be able to move seamlessly from LeAF Studio into employment, professional performance or university, equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to purposefully engage in all of the challenges and opportunities they will experience.
In order to support this transition, Personal Development provides our student athletes and performers with the opportunity to explore a range of topics including financial management, interview technique and communication with employers, effective social media use, and managing adversity using performance psychology strategies. Along with topics such as Healthy Relationships, Sex Education, Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing, we also support every student in year 10 organising a two week work experience placement.
As well as schemes of work led by our teaching and coaching staff, Personal Development includes workshops and assemblies from a number of external agencies including Dorset Police SSCT, through which students learn about the Prevent strategy and British Values, and courses from the International Olympic Committee on topics such as Safeguarding Athletes and Performers in performance settings and nutrition and hydration planning for optimal performance.
Underpinning this approach is our Training and Wellness Monitoring Program, which encourages every student athlete and performer to reflect on a weekly basis upon their current level of training and performance, along with levels of stress, fatigue and muscle soreness. Increasing their self-awareness as well as communicating concerns to their support network provides our student athletes and performers with a greater likelihood of consistent training and works to minimise the possibility of illness and injury.