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PDMU Policy



P.D.M.U. Policy


St Patrick’s Primary School


The Northern Ireland Curriculum sets out a broad aim for education ‘To empower young people to develop their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives’

This policy seeks to support the aims of PDMU by preparing young people for life, work and the challenges of being an adult in today’s society.

Our Mission Statement

In St Patrick’s Primary School we challenge, motivate, and inspire in a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment where all members of the school community are valued, grow in the Catholic faith, develop their self-esteem and achieve their full potential as a unique individual so that they can play a valuable role in society.


Principles-aims and objectives


Through the delivery of PDMU children will be encouraged to


  • become personally, emotionally,      socially and physically effective
  • lead healthy, safe and fulfilled      lives
  • become confident, independent and      responsible citizens
  • make informed and responsible      choices and decisions throughout their lives.

Through the delivery of PDMU in our school we aim to create;


  • Positive relationships between all      members of the school community.
  • An environment where children      feel happy, safe and secure and

      motivated to learn.

  • An inclusive environment where      all are valued and have a voice.

       As a result of these conditions the children in our school will develop:

  • positive self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • strategies for coping with      difficult situations;
  • an ability to work effectively      with others and to take responsibility for their actions;
  • insights into society and other      cultures, our interdependence and the need for mutual understanding and      respect;
  • an understanding of their roles      and responsibilities.




PDMU provision is most effective when it is based on a consistent approach and where the responsibility is shared by parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, children, health professional’s relevant external agencies and the local and wider communities. Close consultation with these partners in education is an essential element of the planning, implementation, evaluation and review of the PD&MU programme.


Teaching and Learning


PDMU is a statutory learning area within the new Northern Ireland Curriculum and lines of development have been mapped across all 7 year groups to ensure continuity and progression. It is timetabled and planned for in each class.

It is taught as a discreet learning area and is connected to other areas of learning when appropriate eg. through class topics. PD&MU also contributes to the school’s RE, RSE, Emotional Intelligence, WAU and PE programmes.

It is also linked to initiatives that run in the whole school such as the Emotional Intelligence programme, Healthy Breaks, Inside Out programme, Health Action programme, playground activities and extracurricular activities.

Through the PDMU programme teachers provide opportunities for active learning and clear links are made to thinking skills and personal capabilities.

The delivery of PDMU is carefully linked to the needs and interests of all children and gives each child an opportunity to explore;

  • self awareness
  • feelings and emotions
  • dispositions to learning
  • health growth and change
  • relationships
  • rules, rights and responsibilities
  • managing conflict
  • similarities and differences
  • learning to live as members of the community

Through the PDMU programme pupils are given opportunities to explore values and attitudes and to consider how they and others are affected by them. Teachers however acknowledge that many children come from different backgrounds that do not reflect such values and experiences. Sensitivity is therefore needed to avoid causing hurt and offence to them and their families, and to encourage the development of their sense of worth.

Teachers use a variety of resources such as the Emotional Intelligence programme and websites to support the PDMU programme.

Emotional Intelligence


At the beginning of the school year staff as a team, select virtues/values for the incoming year. Dates are set and teachers choose one virtue per month which the school focuses on. Each class in turn produces a central display on the virtue under focus, thereby keeping it alive throughout the month for the whole school. All staff use circle time as a means of exploring the virtue/value under focus. Each class takes turns in producing an assembly on that virtue at the end of each month. An additional aspect is the linking of the lives of Saints, as role models, to the virtue under focus.


            Consultation with Parents


Whilst the classroom teacher has a significant role to play in the implementation of PDMU in school, this role cannot be considered in isolation to the role of the parents and should ideally be additional and complementary. The home exerts a major influence on all aspects of a young person’s life.

Equal Opportunities


All pupils, male and female; have a right to an education which adequately prepares them for adult life, regardless of their age, gender, culture, sexual orientation, disability status, religion or social class. (Section 75)

The PDMU programme will meet the needs of both genders and aims to be a positive experience for all participants. It is developmental, accessible and appropriate to the age and maturity of the pupils. As maturity is not always determined by chronological age, teachers are sympathetic to the personal and emotional circumstances of each individual pupil. They are aware of, and take into account the variety of existing pupil knowledge, differing attitudes and beliefs and the pupil’s capacity to understand issues. This is particularly important in relation to children with special educational needs where physical development may outstrip emotional maturity.

How it is planned/monitored/evaluated


All teachers will be involved in continually monitoring and evaluating the quality of learning and teaching and adjust their programmes accordingly. This will ensure that curriculum planning, pupil learning, progress and attainment are being achieved. The PDMU coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the statutory elements are being planned for and delivered appropriately throughout the school. The ongoing process of monitoring and evaluation will be linked to Assessment for Learning within the Northern Ireland curriculum, and developed as an integral part of learning.

             Planning for Review amendments etc

             As is the practice with other school policies, this policy will be reviewed and updated every two years.



School programmes and activities that contribute to PDMU


PDMU Theme  
Self Awareness

Grow   in Love Programme P1-7

School   Choir

Class   Assembly

Pupil   of the Week

Inside   Out Programme

Feelings and Emotions

Emotional   Intelligence Programme

Rewards   and Sanctions

Grow   in Love Programme

Learning to Learn

Individual   Targets

Assessment   for Learning

Peer   Assessment

Friday   Journal

Health, Growth and Change   and Safety

Be   Safe Programme

Breakfast   Club

Wally   and Wise Show

Health   Action Programme

After   School Sports

World   Around Us

Stranger   Danger

Grow   in Love Programme

Cancer   Focus Programme

Smoke   Busters

RNLI   visit

Love   for Life Programme


Reading   Partners

Playground   Buddies

Grow   in Love Programme

Rules, Rights and   Responsibilities

School   Council

Eco   Committee

Informal   consultation with pupils eg. rules for classroom and playground

Grow   in Love programme

Playground   Buddies

Managing Conflict

Emotional   Intelligence Programme

Active   Playground

Community   Link with Ballynahinch Primary School (Shared Education)

Take   Ten

Grow   in Love Programme

Similarities and   Difference

Multicultural   Week

Irish/Spanish Lessons

Grow   in Love

Shared   Education Programme

Learning to live as   members of the Community

Charity   Support

Grow   in Love Programme

Waste   Bus

Cross   Community Carol Service

Sacramental   Celebrations

Links   with Fire Service

Links   with Road Safety Officer

Assumption   Grammar School annual concert and students visiting our school to teach Irish/Spanish

Shared   Education

Parish   initiatives eg Altar Servers


Reviewed: March 2019