Personal Development Learning

Welcome to Personal Development Learning (PDL) at Crestwood Community School!

This is an area of the curriculum which Crestwood recognises as vitally important for the health, wellbeing and development of our students. Our PDL and SMSC statement can be found here:

PDL is planned by a trained PDL specialist, Jess Machin, and Year Leaders under her supervision. Crestwood follows the following Programmes of Study:


PSHE Association Programme of Study for KS3 and KS4

National Curriculum Citizenship Programme of Study for KS3 and KS4


PDL is divided into three sections and delivered separately as:-

  • PDL – Focus on non-health and wellbeing topics, for example, democracy and justice.
  • Wellbeing – Focus on health and wellbeing topics, for example, smoking and healthy eating.
  • Careers & Guidance – Focus on personal finance, careers and budgeting.

Currently, PDL and Wellbeing are delivered in the same way across the key stage. This will be updated every year to avoid repetition.

Links to KS3 and KS4 maps with detailed information about the topics to be studied can be found below:-

If you have any queries please contact Jess Machin at