Personal Development

At TMS, we value our students’ Personal Development as much as we do their Academic Outcomes.  Our students’ personal development is centred around ‘The Malling School Way’.  We are also a UNICEF Rights Respecting School [and a School of Character].  We ensure this happens by delivering a Personal Development curriculum through both curriculum and extra-curricular time.  Our Personal Development curriculum has been mapped not only to the guidelines below but also to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Moral values, as well as Fundamental British Values.

We are proud that students are keen to express their own views, are analytical and reflective and ask challenging questions. They have the confidence to discuss and debate sensitive and controversial issues in PSHCE education lessons, socially around the school, and with visitors. They have the self-assurance to disagree, while respecting the differing views of others.

This is achieved through:


  1. Period 1 – Between 8.50-9.20 every day, our students are taught a Personal Development curriculum that we call ‘The Malling School Way’ lesson.  This lesson follows the structure of:
    1. Inspirational People – We teach our students about significant people whose life stories are inspirational and demonstrate qualities we aspire to in ‘The Malling School Way’.
    2. Collective Reading – Year 7-10 read together twice a week during ‘The Malling School Way’ lesson.  Chapters of carefully selected and appropriate novels are pre-recorded by our staff and chapters are analysed and discussed in form groups.
    3. Assembly programme – Important topics which are mirrored through our PSHCE and Inspirational People lessons are delivered, as well as topics connected with our status as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School status.
    4. PSHCE – Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education lessons.  This includes:
  1. Personal Well Being – recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations
  2. Economic Wellbeing, including the importance of financial well-being and future career aspiration.
  3. Citizenship Education, including British democracy and British society.
  4. Health Education which includes how the media portrays young people, body image and health issues
  5. SRE – Sex and Relationships Education, including coping with relationship breakdown, bereavement, emotional and mental health
  6. CSE – Child Sexual Exploitation/Grooming, exploitation in relationships, and organisations that support relationships in crisis.
  7. Drugs and Alcohol Education including “Running County Lines”/Grooming; including how high-risk behaviours, including some sexual activities and substance misuse may affect individuals, families and communities.


  1. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme – As part of their Personal Development, every student in Year 9 completes the Bronze Award.  We dedicate training days in school time to this invaluable programme that ensures our students successfully complete their voluntary, skills, physical and expedition sections of this brilliant programme.
  2. Extra-curricular provision – We expect every student to participate in at least one extra-curricular activity throughout the whole school year, either at lunchtime or after-school.  We offer a wide range of clubs and activities that are delivered by our own staff to ensure this happens.
  3. TMS Passport – We provide a list of cultural and educational experiences that we encourage our students and their families to participate in that helps them learn more about their local area and wider county.