Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to holistic development at each Pilgrim base. Sessions are facilitated by PSWS and Learning Support staff and cover all nine areas of the personal development schemas.
WOW (Wellbeing on Wednesday) are a series of individual lessons over a term focussing on a range of domains but with links to prior knowledge each time a domain is covered. The program is planned over the course of a year and can be repeated multiple times as pupil's knowledge and experience grow - each session allows for differentiation of learning to cater for pupils at all levels from encountering through to mastering levels.
Sessions are a mix of in house activities and adapted existing pre-written resources (eg, iFred Hope, previous in house 'Resilient Me' program) and are carefully planned to cover a wide range of knowledge needed to develop holistically. Learning outcomes are often implicit and crafted by skilled questioning of the leading staff and clear lesson planning. This enables pupils to feel safe within the sessions and to contribute more as confidence grows.
Pupils are placed in to groups according to need identified by holistic assessment. Groups may change each term.
Alongside personal development sessions, Wednesday afternoons also provide opportunities for pupils to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and, in the future, we hope to provide community volunteering projects on a rota basis.