Personal Development

At the core of our ethos is a strong focus on personal development. Not only does this enable pupils to be better learners, it also sends them out into the wider world ready to make a positive contribution in society.
Our provision for personal development at AFJS is about so much more than just our PSHE curriculum and this image below from OFSTED shows all the key elements that go into making a wider impact on children’s personal development during their time here at AFJS.
For further information on the contents of our ‘PSHE lunchbox’ click here to visit our curriculum page for PSHE and here to visit our online safety page.
Below is information about all the other areas of personal development that our expert team here at AFJS provide for the children.

Citizenship and development of character

Our ethos and values were written with these key elements of personal development in mind.


The majority of the non-statutory DfE guidelines for Citizenship are embedded within our PSHE curriculum. The elements that are not within our PSHE curriculum are as follows: 

We cover these through assemblies, application of our relationship and behaviour policy, our No Outsiders curriculum and our fundraising opportunities across the year. We have also detailed where we cover all the British Values across the curriculum in our British Values policy – see section below for further details.

The citizenship guidelines also highlight the importance of speaking and listening skills being developed across the curriculum. We plan these opportunities into all subjects at the point that it is most relevant. We also have a bespoke AFJS Speaking and Listening curriculum in the planning stages to cement this learning further and ensure that all pupils leave with the ‘Learners for Life’ skill of being able to articulate their views and empathetically respond to the views of others. 

Outside of lessons, we provide a wide range of other opportunities for pupils to speak in front of a wider and varied audience, including class assemblies, Christmas productions, celebration assemblies and providing tours of the school for visitors. 

Wider Opportunities

At AFJS, we call these our ‘Farmers Forever’ moments – they are the things that we intend for children to always remember about their time here at Abbots Farm, their cherished memories that they will carry with them forever. Not only this, but they are chances for children to discover talents, try new things and enjoy their time as children.


Farmers Forever Moments 2022-23

Outside of the school day, we also offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children to enjoy.


Spring term clubs 2023

Inclusion and Equality


Equality policy and objectives

Inclusion policy

No Outsiders


Protected Characteristics

The protected characteristics are

British Values and SMSC

SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education. The teaching of SMSC and British Values is woven into our whole curriculum and we have detailed this in our British Values policy, which you can read below. We closely follow the recommendations from the DfE in their document ‘Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools

British Values at AFJS