Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PD&MU) focuses on encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally and socially effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives and to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.
The new guidance outlines the current issues and provides a useful context for how these important areas should be addressed within schools and why. It will also help schools create a meaningful policy for Drugs Education and help principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations.
The new guidance outlines the current issues and provides a useful context for how these important areas should be addressed within schools and why. It will also help schools create a meaningful policy for RSE and help principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations.
PD&MU Guidance Booklet
The Personal Development & Mutual Understanding for Key Stages 1 & 2 guidance booklet explains what PD&MU is, why it is important and describes its place within the Revised Curriculum. This document also explains how to implement PD&MU, discusses suitable teaching, learning and assessment strategies and relates PD&MU to broader aspects of school life.
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding Progression Grids
PD&MU progression grids are designed to give schools a whole school, or key stage, overview, which can assist curriculum leaders to successfully implement PD&MU. They canalso to be used as a tool for monitoring and evaluating progression throughout the school. The grids are in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.
This site contains fun interactive activities about family, friendships, bullying and diversity. The activities support the delivery of Personal Development and Mutual Understanding at Key Stage 1.
Employability offers children the tools to adopt a ‘can do’ attitude and encourages them to realise their enterprising capabilities. Employability is one of the key elements underpinning the revised curriculum and it aims to bridge the cultural gap that exists between what goes on outside the classroom window and what happens in the classroom.
Living.Learning.Together. aims to provide teachers with support in planning, teaching and assessing PD&MU within the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding resource. Visiting Churches aims to give one example of how two schools, representing both the controlled and maintained sectors, organised a visit by Year 5 pupils to two churches of different faiths in Newtownards.
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding resource from Irish School of Ecumenics. This resource contains material for teachers and play leaders working with young children (5-9 years).
Creating a dementia-friendly generation - a resource from the Alzheimer's Society which introduces dementia awareness into the curriculum and encourage schools to consider their role within the community to support people living with dementia.
Global Learning Programme - This website provides schools with resources, case studies and information on local training that will support them to educate for a fair and sustainable world through all areas of the curriculum.
Aim, Aspire and Achieve - A thematic unit which helps schools celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games (but can be adapted to celebrate other international sporting events).
Eat, Taste and Grow - A resource on food and local produce, developed in a collaboration between safefood and The Public Health Agency.
Best Foot Forward (Travelwise for Schools) is a Key Stage 2 teaching tool developed to help teachers bring the advantages of using sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing into the classroom.