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Personal Development

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Be active; be healthy; be happy - no excuses!

We are working towards achieving the Excellence in Personal Development Award

Personal Development at Zaytouna.

Zaytouna consistently promotes the extensive personal development of pupils. We go beyond the expected, so that pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. Opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests are of exceptional quality. These rich experiences are planned in a coherent way and run from our Early Bird Enrichment, curriculum enrichment and Extra-Curricular Enrichment. There is strong take-up by all groups of pupils of the opportunities on offer.

#WordClass School

The way the we go about developing pupils’ character is exemplary and is worthy of being shared with others. Zaytouna are proud partners with World Class Schools, who want to level up opportunities so that every student can develop these characteristics to a World Class standard regardless of their circumstances or background. Through the Framework of characteristics, children are taught the skills, competencies and characteristics they need to thrive in an ever changing global economy. They are taught to be articulate orators who can debate and communicate effectively and who are good at coping with change and imagining the future. 


The Framework focuses on three key strands: I am..., I feel..., and I learn by...



The House System

Our House System aims to facilitate more mixing between the different year groups, increased community spirit, peer mentoring, a boost to the existing rewards system, and encouragement for more children to get involved in competitions, and develop leadership skills and attributes.


So how will it work?

Every child who attends Zaytouna is assigned to a House. There are 4 Houses each overseen by a member of staff who acts as Head of House. Each House is led by a male and female House Captain from year 6 and a male and female Vice House Captain from year 5. Children are allocated to a House and remain in it until they leave Zaytouna. Siblings will join the same House. All staff members are also assigned to a House.


House names and identities are based on significant Muslim sports-people:

Mo Salah – football player

Ruqaya Al-Ghasra – a triathlete

Mo Farah – marathon runner

Nawal El Moutawakel – international hurdler


Each child has a coloured pinbadge to identify which House they belong to. These are worn at all times.


A series of competitions and events will form part of our House Enrichment Programme throughout the year; we will also include our already established interhouse system and usual whole school events such as our science fair and sports days. In addition, other factor such as attendance, external awards and TTRS will count towards the awarding of House Points.



Is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children in our school. This is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that should be present in lessons and behaviour in school. Some lessons lend themselves more easily to direct SMSC development such as PSHE, Philosophy for Children and RE. We also aim to develop SMSC through worship, behaviour expectations and our attitudes in school. 


Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. At Zaytouna, we want the focus to be on the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. This will sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy.

Fundamental British Values

As well as teaching our Islamic values, Zaytouna Primary School promotes the British Values as set our in the National Curriculum (2014). Here is an overview of how we integrate the British Values into our curriculum.



  • Election of School Parliament and Learning Council members.
  • British Law process – visits to Law Courts and Galleries of Justice.
  • Choice of topics.
  • Everyone is listened to.



  • Equality policy.
  • Accessibility plans.
  • SEND focus.
  • Celebrating multi-faith festivals.


Rule of Law:

  • Understanding of our school rules.
  • School behaviour policy
  • Links with local PCSOs
  • Assemblies with citizenship focus.


Mutual Respect:

  • Assemblies.
  • PDMU & Circle Time
  • Anti-bullying weeks.
  • Class sports.
  • School vision and culture.


Individual Liberty:

  • Opportunities to make choices.
  • Opportunities to express opinions.
  • Debating Club with Derby University.

Autumn Term Golden Enrichment Time