Personal development encompasses the growth of learners beyond the academic, technical, and vocational. Embedded across our curriculum, it is the provision of:
- opportunities that enable pupils to discover their interests and talents
- experiences that support learners to develop their characters, including their resilience, confidence and independence
- the skills and knowledge that help pupils to keep physically and mentally healthy
- the development and deepening of pupils’ understanding of British Values and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education
- an effective careers & transition programme so that pupils are equipped to make the transition to life beyond Linden Lodge successfully
How do we implement this at Linden Lodge?
We have a pupil-centred focus on the definition of personal development. Development is highly individualised, supported by a transdisciplinary team, and guided by the Family Partnership Model.
Check back soon for a virtual flip-book of Personal Development in each department.
Engagement Profiles are used to assess pupil engagement, identify needed interventions, and create learning plans to increase and enhance pupil engagement in a variety of ways.
Personalised Learning Goals
Holistic Personalised Learning Goals which encompass the whole child’s development are identified and drawn upon to map out individualised learning pathways.
Read these testimonials from ex-Linden Lodge pupils for a first-hand account.
Recognition of Outstanding Practice
Given our proven excellent practice in this field, Linden Lodge is considered a thought leader in personal development and mental health for SEND pupils, and as such we are regularly asked to present at local and national conferences and training events.
Linden Lodge is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic in a largely positive place, not reflective of the national picture presented by the Children’s Commissioner in her latest report on the state of UK children’s mental health (published January 2021). The extraordinary care and dedication from our community has meant that the majority of Linden Lodge pupils are coming out of this pandemic more resilient, confident, and independent than ever. This has been evidenced by a research project, the results of which will be published in the summer term 2021.
At Linden Lodge, we understand that mental health comes first. We cannot expect personal development and academic progression without a mentally healthy foundation. We also cannot expect positive mental health in pupils if we do not have positive mental health in their staff, families, and carers. Therefore, a focus on everyone’s mental health is an integral part of our daily practice. We have built a positive culture that regards mental health and emotional wellbeing as the responsibility of all. We work with the whole-school community to support our practice, and have rigorous systems and external partnerships in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
Informed by Attachment Theory, relationship and connection is at the heart of the work that we do, as a protective factor for positive mental health. Attachment Theory is a framework for understanding the first relationships that an infant experiences in the first few years of life. These primary relationships act as a blueprint for how the child or young person will experience relationships and their environment throughout their life. We recognise the impact that sensory impairment(s) may have on our learners, their unique and changing needs, and specialist staff are on-site to deliver personalised and targeted intervention. To read more about how Attachment Theory converts to practice at Linden Lodge, see this presentation by our Mental Health Champions: Attachment Theory at Linden Lodge.
We also recognise the relationship between mental health and behaviour and all staff are trained in Positive Behaviour Support, a person-centred approach to support pupils who may be at risk of displaying behaviours of concern. For more information on Positive Behaviour Support at Linden Lodge, click here.
Mental Health Support for All
Click on the links to find out what support is available in our community:
- For pupils
- For staff
- For families & carers. Families are also encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Every pupil at Linden Lodge has a Wellbeing Passport, developed to identify and support their unique social, emotional and mental health needs.
Mental Health Champions
Across the school, we have nearly 40 Mental Health Champions who have completed the Place2Be Mental Health Champions Foundation Programme. Mental Health Champions meet monthly to discuss mental health across the whole provision and foster positive wellbeing in our school and community. Click here for a list of trained Mental Health Champions at Linden Lodge.
Mental Health Trailblazer School
Linden Lodge is proud to be a Mental Health Trailblazer School, part of the Wandsworth CCG’s Southfields cluster.
How do we measure the impact of our personal development provision at Linden Lodge?
- Pupil’s voices are captured through surveys, careful advocacy, and opportunities to join various committees, including Student Council and the Pride Youth Network.
- Family’s and carer’s voices are captured through surveys, daily communication with teachers, invitations to open discussion forums, and insights from C@LL.
- Staff member’s voices are captured through surveys, daily briefings, weekly meetings, weekly wellbeing check-ins with line managers, and opportunities to join various staff committees.
- Gridmaker is a tracking and reporting system that captures our ongoing personal development provision across the whole school. Check out our live tracking and reporting system here.
- Celebrations of personal development are published in our weekly school newsletter.
- In 2020, we attained our Pride in Inclusion Award, certified by Educate & Celebrate. Due to be renewed in December 2022.
- In 2021, we attained our Rights Respecting Schools Award, certified by UNICEF. Due to be renewed in March 2024.
- We are currently undertaking our Wellbeing Award for Schools, certified by Award Place and the National Children’s Bureau. Due to be completed December 2021.