Personal Development and Year Group Bonding

for secondary schools

Spring 2019 - 2 nights from £72+VAT

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Growing up with confidence

Moving to secondary school and on to further education are often the most challenging experiences in a student’s life. A PGL Personal Development course helps students develop ways to cope with new situations and new people.

By stepping outside their comfort zone, under the watchful eyes of our trained instructors, your students discover new strengths and skills. They also develop confidence and trust within the group and with you, their teacher, which has a positive effect back in the classroom.

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.

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.

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

 

Activities

Our development course uses adventure activities to support learning and growth. Our well-trained instructors devise appropriate introductions to the adventure sessions. We supply a thought-provoking workbook and plenty of opportunities for discussion..

Our ‘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 and the insights.

 

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A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Personal Development course for Secondary Schools
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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  
19.00-21.00 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, South Devon

Barton Hall, South Devon

A great location near Torquay.

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk

On the coast near Woodbridge

Beam House, North Devon

Beam House, North Devon

Near Bideford and the beach/surf school

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

Boreatton Park, Shropshire

In 250 acres near Shrewsbury.

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Caythorpe Court, Lincolnshire

Ten miles north of Grantham

Dalguise, Perthshire

Dalguise, Perthshire

Five miles north of Dunkeld.

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

Hillcrest, Herefordshire

A cosy centre near Ross on Wye.

Liddington, Wiltshire

Liddington, Wiltshire

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon.

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Little Canada, Isle of Wight

Set on the banks of Wootton Creek.

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Llwyn Filly, Brecon Beacons

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye.

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Marchants Hill, Surrey

Near Hindhead, close to London.

Osmington Bay, Dorset

Osmington Bay, Dorset

On the Jurassic coast near Weymouth.

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Tregoyd House, Brecon Beacons

Near Brecon in the Black Mountains.

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

Windmill Hill, East Sussex

On the Sussex Downs not far from London.

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Winmarleigh Hall, Lancashire

Set in 50 acres near Preston.