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Philosophy & Ethics

Aims

 The Ethics Faculty team delivers bespoke innovative lessons through a comprehensive scheme of learning taught by highly skilled and trained staff. The lessons bring together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional wellbeing, social skills, careers information and guidance, British values, philosophy and ethics, sex and relationship education all taught in a safe, empathic environment with particular emphasis on personal safety and safeguarding paramount at all times

 We offer our students a thought-provoking curriculum that offers distinctive opportunities to promote student’s spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. This allows them to gain a better understanding of the world around them creating rounded students who have respect for other peoples’ views and celebrate the diversity in society.

Intent

Our wider curriculum at all levels offers students the opportunity to:

  • Adopt an enquiring, critical, and reflective approach to the study of the role of the citizen in society, British Values and different religions in society.
  • Develop the knowledge skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.
  • Gain skills that will allow students to gain an independent role in adult life.
  • Learn to work independently and with others.
  •  Learn the following, specified skills: to investigate, to develop empathy, to express, to recall, select and organise material; to analyse and explain the role of the citizen in society; to offer a balanced argument by evaluating different responses to religious, social and political issues.
  • Raise aspirations of all students and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

Implementation

The curriculum has been mapped deliberately to ensure that students become experts in our subjects, able to build on knowledge and skills from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 5.

Religious Studies is taught through a philosophical and ethical understanding to contextualise the content and make it specific to a religion. Links are made clear though highlighting the different themes contained in the curriculum to the sources of authority, beliefs, and practices of the world’s main religions.

Citizenship education revolves around the delivery of the British Values. The curriculum explores what it means to be a citizen in society today through modern and current affairs.

The PSHE and RSE curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge, skills, and attributes which are needed, in order to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes are taught in through real-life, age-appropriate case studies and scenarios.

Assessment

Across all 3 Key Stages there are set assessments used across all subjects in all schools in the MAT.  There will be end of topic tests at the end of each module at KS4 and KS5.  At KS3 there are three end of topic assessment for each subject spread out across the academic year. Throughout the lessons, planned retrieval exercises are built in to ensure the retention of knowledge.  Frequent mini low-stakes testing will also be a crucial part of lessons.

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