This paper aims to explore the role of personal development planning (PDP) tutorials in non-QTS Education Studies degrees. PDP tutorials were implemented in order to help students improve their academic skills and to enhance their employability. Based on an evaluation of the PDP tutorials by students over a period of three years and through interviews with academic staff, this paper investigates the role of PDP tutorials in supporting those students.
The first part of this paper explores the students’ evaluations. An analysis of students’ comments has revealed that students found attendance at PDP tutorials very helpful in terms of improving their academic skills. A large number of students believe that PDP tutorials have helped them to explore their career options and/or to focus in greater detail on their professional development.
The second part of the paper focuses on the analysis of data from interviews with the academic staff. It considers potential problems with the implementation of PDP.
In conclusion, in the light of the theoretical and practical issues raised by staff and students, this paper will emphasise the need for flexibility among institutions in terms of PDP implementation.