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Personal Development

At Riverside Primary School and Nursery, we are passionate about preparing every child to become a happy, responsible and effective citizen. Our values-based approach is threaded through our entire school and ensures children develop their character to be prepared for life beyond school.  We consistently promote British values and our school values. 

School Values

Riverside Values



Appreciation Co-operation Love and Care
Tolerance Courage Patience
Friendship Independence


 British Values

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Developing personal and social responsibility
  • Respect for British Institutions

The Rights Respecting School Award

At Riverside Primary School and Nursery, we are a Rights-Respecting School. Children’s rights and values are at the heart of our ethos. The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) journey supports schools in embedding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC).

Our journey has begun; we have been awarded our Bronze award and are working towards our silver award. We are doing this by:

  • Informing the whole school community
  • Beginning to know about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Creating a pupil steering group
  • Completing an action plan

The Articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The RRSA helps our school community learn about children’s rights and put them into practice. There is a focus on what children (Rights Holders) do and what adults (Duty Bearers) do.

The UNCRC and the articles can be seen below:

The Rights Respecting Schools Award

Further Information

How we teach personal development in school

  • It is taught in discrete lessons through our PSHE curriculum
  • It is taught with cross-curricular links through The Learning Challenge curriculum and other lessons, such as English, Physical Education, and Religious Education. 
  • All staff consistently model how to be effective citizens who uphold the school values.
  • School Council
  • Eco Council
  • Volunteering - Playtime Buddy, litter picking, library monitor and lunchtime heroes.
  • Digital Leaders
  • Sports Leaders
  • Assemblies - Whole school, special visitors and celebration
  • Celebrating positive learning outcomes and effort with shared praise and certificates
  • A wide variety of after-school clubs
  • Competing in a huge array of competitions
  • Well-sequenced day and residential trips. 
  • Celebrating different languages, cultures and religions


Curriculum Progression Map


  • Healthy Schools Award
  • Eco-Schools Award
  • National Online Safety Certified School 2022
  • School Games Gold Award 2014 - 2021
  • School Games Platinum Award 2021 -2022 and 2022 - 2023
  • Herefordshire Primary School of the Year for PE and School Sports 2018
  • Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award
  • Smart School Council