Personal Development & Mutual Understanding

It is important that children’s social and emotional development prior to coming to school is recognised and built on during the early years. Children should continue to be encouraged to form relationships with adults and other children, and to develop their self-esteem and confidence.

Teachers should help children to become aware of the world beyond their immediate environment and to learn about others from a basis of tolerance, respect and open-mindedness. They should encourage them to understand similarities and respect differences in people in the local and wider community.

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding Progression Grids

PD&MU progression grids aim to give schools a whole school, or key stage, overview, which can assist curriculum leaders to successfully implement PD&MU. They can also to be used as a tool for monitoring and evaluating progression throughout the school.

Progression Grid for Foundation Stage

You can also find a whole school progression grid in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

Useful Links

Living.Learning.Together Living.Learning.Together

Living.Learning.Together. aims to provide teachers with support in planning, teaching and assessing PD&MU within the Northern Ireland Curriculum.