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Philosophy & Ethics

Welcome to the Philosophy & Ethics Faculty curriculum area, which includes the subjects Citizenship, Religious Studies and Ethics.

In Key Stage 3 Values and Religious Studies, students have 3 hours per week in Years 7 and 8 and 2 hours per week in Year 9. In Key Stage 4, all students have 1 hour of Values per week in Year 10 and 1 hour of Religious Studies per week in Year 11, with the option to choose a full GCSE in Religious Studies as part of their Pathways during Year 9.

For the compulsory Values lessons, there is a clear emphasis on the interleaving of content, coupled with a clear response to the dominant issues affecting our students’ personal health & wellbeing, as well as their economic and financial capability, adopting a clear, “in good time” approach.  The curriculum is purposely broken down into small, carefully selected components, to ensure that new content is taught in small chunks, so that working memory is not overloaded.  However, where possible, elements in the Core Values curriculum are taught alongside complimentary units in Religious Studies, and vice versa.  By minimising intrinsic load in this way, students are more likely to encode information into their long term memory, in line with the principles of cognitive load theory.

The curriculum focuses on developing key skills and knowledge required for each area of study, however there is a necessary and expected cross-over of key skills.  In particular, students are introduced to higher order skills, such as evaluation, synthesis etc from an early age as these skills are fundamental to their success, both in CRESS subjects and also across the wider curriculum.

In terms of Religious Studies knowledge, the assessment strands of “ learning about” and “learning from” Religion are still relevant.  The curriculum design clearly reflects both strands, and formative assessments will also reflect both strands.

Once these skills have been mastered, their application and further development comes through the interleaving of previously covered content from within and between topics, where students are required to choose between different strategies in order to solve situational problems and dilemmas and answer questions of an increasingly higher challenge.


Please Click on Attachments to find Topics of Study for each Key Stage.