One of the key elements of our curriculum is our IDP (individual Development Programme) dimension. This comprises a timetabled lesson for all boys across all year groups, as well other activities involving assemblies, visits or guest speakers. Led by Mr G Harrison, it is a vital component in contributing to our school vision. The programme aims to help our pupils develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and active members of society.
IDP helps deliver our statutory relationships and sex education requirements, and the full detail of what is covered is available via our website. The themes are integral in our development of the West Hill boy. Whilst there is no formal assessment as such, we still devote curriculum time to reflect the value we place on this area. Themes such as personal and emotional well being, interweave with careers guidance, financial literacy and citizenship as boys move through the school. Pupil voice emphasises to us the value our boys associate with IDP and helps shape what should be included in the programme.
These values translate into wider actions the boys make either as individuals, or in larger numbers to help support the community, whether it be local or even international. These actions have seen significant funds raised, as well as practical projects that improve facilities or experiences for others.
Our boys would usually be about in the local community around this time of year as part of a band or choir providing a musical backdrop to festive activities. Even though that is curtailed, boys and staff will be engaging with contributions over these next few weeks to help support our community. We are more than conscious of the challenges families are facing, so as well as supporting our local foodbank, the Tameside toy appeal will also receive donations from the West Hill community. Details of these will be shared with the boys and families by Mrs Whiting and Mrs Corrigan who are coordinating these initiatives.
Posted by Mr Owens on 27 November 2020
Category: Headteacher's Log Book