Individual Development Programme
Welcome to the curriculum page for the Individual Development Programme (IDP).
We are currently consulting on changes to our Sex and Relationships Policy. The new policy is linked below:
The Individual Development Programme at West Hill School aims to help our pupils to develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead healthy and responsible lives as confident individuals and active members of society.
The programme is supported by whole school assemblies that are based on relevant topics. These are both pupil and staff led. The assembly topics are continued in form tutor discussions to further enrich pupil experience.
The Curriculum is delivered in a variety of teaching staff in rooms across the school, supported by interactive visual displays, printed resources, outside speakers and learning aids.
- Mr Gary Harrison – Head of Department
Curriculum Information - Individual Development Programme
Working with Parents
West Hill School seeks to work in partnership with parents through consultation and support. Parents are vital in teaching children about sex and relationships, maintaining the culture and ethos of the family, helping children to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing, and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings. We welcome discussion on the content of this policy and our teaching of Sex and Relationships Education at any time. The Head of IDP Mr G Harrison should be contacted in the first instance.
Withdrawal from Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and relationship education will be taught at West Hill School within I.D.P. and Science lessons. It is therefore not envisaged that there will be ‘one-off’ or isolated lessons, except when a Health Professional is invited to address the children. Tolerance and empathy of a variety of genders, sexualities and relationships is a vital part of life in modern British society.
Parents should be aware that children cannot be withdrawn from Science lessons on human reproduction as this forms a statutory duty.
Sections of a large number of IDP lessons will include discussion on sex and relationship issues and as part of the planned scheme. If parents wish to withdraw a child they should submit a written request to the Head teacher.
To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have: writing equipment, a ruler and eraser.
To support your son, resources are available as directed by the subject teachers. The following websites can be accessed for further information:
There are no public exams and qualifications for this subject area.