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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Social development and skills

What does it mean?

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


A flavour of where it is applied at Highdown


All subjects


Teaching and learning is prepared within the Schemes of Work at all Key Stages to involve group work and peer assessment. This provides students with the opportunity to work with others in the school environment.


Year 8 – African masks project – how, what, why communities use masks/festivals/rituals.


Use of guest speakers within KS4 and KS5 to enable students to interact and engage outside the school community. – John Madejski and Richard WoodWard from Three

D & T

Classes are mixed ability, encouraged to work in pairs and groups when designing, making and evaluating. 



Social skills are a fundamental building block of the work we do in Drama.  We encourage an atmosphere where everyone is equal and has something to offer.
We foster a community within the work we do with school productions and drama clubs.  Role models are chosen from senior students to mentor younger students.


Discussions of society/ communities/ hierarchies through set texts e.g. the fight to be king in Macbeth.


All classrooms are set out to ensure collaboration and group work. Emphasis in RE/ Ethics learning is discussion and sharing of different opinions and responses, learning to understand others and justify personal beliefs. 


Presentations/group work/reporting/interviews/fieldwork


Group work used for projects, board games and various tasks, allocating roles within the groups. Year 9 WWII exhibitions – group work and presenting to staff and other students


Trips to Microsoft KS3 & KS4. Guest speakers come in to school and talk about their experiences in the world of IT – KS4


Students are given the opportunity to work together on mathematical task through CAME and Bowland lessons


Sports education roles in lessons (different roles e.g. referee, coach, captain). Inter tutor, inter school fixtures & tournaments. Leadership opportunities e.g. captain, vice- captain, coach, referee etc in lessons/matches.


Y7 Team building day in September. Tutor groups responsible for planning and delivery of assemblies. Some students act as buddy readers/mentors. Promotion of the respect agenda in all Mentor Groups.


Practical work needs cooperation and respect. Group sizes and composition vary depending on the task.  Science Fair encourages these skills.