About the Excellence in Pupil Development Award

Academic success is one aim of schools, but preparing young people for life in an increasingly complex world is also important.

Children and young people deserve the opportunity to become successful learners, confident individuals and informed and responsible citizens who make positive contributions to their communities.

The Excellence in Pupil Development Award offers a structured and supportive whole-school framework that enables schools to develop pupils’ life skills, and to set high standards of conduct.

Successful schools will embed a culture and ethos in which pupils’ personal attributes and attitudes can grow and flourish. These include:

  • self-confidence and self-esteem
  • self-discipline, responsibility and resilience
  • pride in learning
  • goal-setting and ambition
  • good behaviour
  • Behaviour

    Set high expectations for pupil behaviour and conduct, including punctuality and attendance

  • Curriculum

    Plan so that knowledge and skills for personal development are embedded across the curriculum

  • Effective policies

    Implement robust systems and policies that monitor and improve pupils' personal skills

  • External links and community partnerships

    Engage with external professional organisations, local groups and parents to deliver events, visits and enrichment activities that motivate pupils about their future prospects and grow their confidence, responsibility and leadership skills

  • Positive attitudes

    Promote positive attitudes from pupils towards their own learning, towards each other, and towards the wider community

  • Professional development

    Commit to high-quality, ongoing staff CPD so that all staff can build and support pupils’ personal development

Steps to Achieving an Award

  • Self-evaluation

    Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.

  • Practical action planning

    Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.

  • Portfolio building

    Collect evidence to meet the award framework.

  • Verification

    External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.

  • Accreditation

    Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!

  • Reassessment

    Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.


for coordinators who prefer an independent approach


Create your school action plan

Access the Awards team for process support

Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation

£1150 + VAT


for coordinators who prefer a supported approach


Work with an adviser to create your school action plan 

Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser

Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report

£3250 + VAT