Personal Development and Year Group Bonding

for secondary schools

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  • Personal Development and Year Group Bonding

Growing up with confidence

The transition from primary to secondary school can be one of the most challenging experiences in a child's school life - coping with new situations and environments, taking decisions and making new friends. So how best to help students deal with this and other challenges which arise during their school career?

A PGL Personal Development course encourages each individual to meet challenges head-on, assess situations and make decisions, building trust and forging stronger relationships within the group and with you, their teacher.

Your students will discover new strengths and skills: some which they never knew they had. They'll also improve their confidence by overcoming challenges, pushing their boundaries and taking pride in their achievements.

By stepping outside their comfort zone, under the watchful eyes of our trained instructors, they'll find new friendships, new areas in common with their peers and a renewed confidence in themselves: all of which will have a positive effect back in the classroom.

Year Group bonding

Year 7

Personal Development courses are ideal for Year 7 groups, providing opportunities for students to develop the resilience, tolerance and self-reliance they need during the transition period.

They're also a tried-and-tested way for students to get to know each other and their teachers, through working as a team and living together away from home for a few days.

Sixth forms

Our Personal development courses use outdoor adventure activities to help students gain the confidence, independence and motivation they need to forge ahead on their new journey in sixth form and beyond.

Activities are led by our trained instructors and focus on team building, creating trust and forging new relationships.

All our centres have the capacity to take whole year groups comfortably.

 

So how does it work?

Using adventure activities to stimulate learning and growth, our Personal Development courses are supported by trained PGL instructors who tailor the adventure sessions to meet your objectives.

Thought-provoking workbooks and discussion opportunities, plus a "plan-do-review" approach help students assess and understand what they've learnt - the connections, the insights, and the impact it has on their own feelings and behaviour.

Our Personal Development courses are ideal for single classes or for whole year groups, getting a new school year or term off to a motivating and inspiring start.

Activities

Our development course uses adventure activities to support learning and growth, and we’ve also added some further support.

Our well-trained instructors devise appropriate introductions to the adventure sessions.
There is a thought-provoking workbook and plenty of discussion opportunities.

The ‘Plan, Do, Review’ approach helps your students understand what they’ve learnt and the impact this has on their own behaviour.

We’ll tease out what they were feeling with review sessions after each activity – the implications; the connections; the insights.

And send them home feeling taller.

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A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Personal Development course for Secondary Schools
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
07.30-09.00   Breakfast
Plan the day ahead
Breakfast
Plan the day ahead
Breakfast
Plan the day ahead
Breakfast
Plan the day ahead
09.00-10.30   Archery Problem Solving - High Ropes Course Cooperation & Trust - Jacob's Ladder Trust - Abseiling
10.30-12.00   Resourcefulness - Orienteering Challenge Course Trapeze Climbing
12.00-14.00   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14.00-17.00 15.30 onwards - arrive on centre, unpack and orientation Kayaking Fencing
Zip Wire
Working Together - Raft Building Depart centre after lunch
17.00-19.00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
Evening Quiz Show Review Session
Capture the Flag
Review Session
Passport to the World
Review Session
Disco
 

Learning outcomes

Personal Development courses are open to all secondary year groups and are tailored to meet your specific requirements.

Key themes

  • Working together
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Self-reliance
  • Meeting challenges
  • Setting and achieving objectives
  • Respect
  • Motivation
  • Friendship

Learning Outcomes

  • Year group bonding
  • Increased trust and respect
  • Improved motivation
  • Better relationships and cooperation
  • Increased confidence and resilience
  • Self-belief
  • Emotional well-being
  • Taking responsibility
  • Increased appetite for learning
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.