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Personal and Professional Skills at The Abbey School

Personal and professional skills are designed for students to develop attitudes, skills and strategies to be applied to personal and professional situations and contexts now and in the future. In this course, the emphasis is on skills development for the workplace, as these are transferable and can be applied in a range of situations.

Other qualities the course should encourage include:

  • responsibility
  • perseverance
  • resilience
  • self-esteem
  • academic honesty.

PPS is one of the CP’s four core components and ties together all aspects of the core, vocational and IB subjects.


The overall aims of personal and professional skills are for the students to:

  • develop as reflective and lifelong learners who can adapt to diverse situations
  • recognise personal strengths and identify ways to overcome challenges
  • be aware of and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas
  • value diversity of cultures and perspectives
  • demonstrate the ten attributes of the IB learner profile.

Skills on Personal and Professional Skills

1. Personal Development:

  • Self-appraisal
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Reflection
  • Effective Organisation
  • Numeracy and Finance
  • Managing Change
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict Strategies
  • Leadership

2. Communication:

  • Social Awareness
  • Active Listening
  • Non-verbal cues
  • Understanding literacy
  • Digital literacy
  • Information and media literacy
  • Writing for purpose
  • Presentation skills
  • Interview skills

3. Intercultural Understanding:

  • Personal context
  • Assumptions, values and attitudes
  • Social norms and behaviours
  • Language and customs
  • Perspectives
  • Commonalities and differences
  • Interactions

4. Thinking Processes:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Analyse and synthesise
  • Evaluate
  • Imagine
  • Predict
  • Innovate
  • Practical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Implementing and adapting

5. Applied Ethics:

  • Introduction to ethics: exploring right and wrong
  • Identifying ethical dilemmas
  • Approaches to ethical dilemmas
  • Case studies of ethical dilemmas
  • Expectations and standards of professional behaviour
  • Debates about professional ethics

Timetable for Personal and Professional Skills

The PPS course you will follow is linked with your reflective project course to ensure they complement one another. For example, you will be studying ethical issues within PPS at the same time you are devising an ethical dilemma question for your reflective project.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 12 - PPS Project Management Intercultural Communication Ethical Issues Debating Skills E-Safety Unifrog / Careers
Year 12 - RP Taught element (e.g research skills) Forming a question Research/ first reflection meetings Data analysis/ structure and planning Interim Reflections
Year 13 - PPS Rights and Liberation Current Affairs Financial Awareness Revision Skills (inc stress and anxiety) Revision Skills  
Year 13 - RP Peer coaching/ refining/ referencing Final reflections Moderation Final Submission EXAMS  

Useful Links and Handouts

pdficon large  The IB PPS Guide

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