Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU) is a statutory element of the Northern Irish Curriculum’s from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 4. It is at the core of the Curriculum and reflected across the Curriculums aims and objectives. It focuses attention on children’s emotional development, health and safety, relationships with others and the development of moral thinking, values and actions.
A strong focus on PDMU within school can help to build pupils’ resilience to deal with challenges. It places the child at the centre of the curriculum and through engagement in a broad range of caught and taught activities seeks to equip and prepare young people for life, work and the challenges of being an adult in an increasingly complex society.
This document gives some examples of the many ways in which prayer spaces connects with PDMU.