Ethics and Values
Ethics and Values aims to ensure we are producing individuals that have an awareness and understanding of the world around them and the people within it, including themselves. Through combining elements of RE and PSHCE we develop pupils that can engage in deeper thought on the big issues of the day through an engaging and challenging curriculum. We do not aim to impose a religion on pupils, rather we encourage them to be self-reflective and develop their own opinions: We offer religious studies, not religious instruction.
Pupils receive three hours of Ethics and Values over a two-week cycle. Topics include: Our Planet, Responsibility and Creation, Authority, Equality, Suffering, Family Life including Islam, Diversity, Drugs, Loss, Relationships and Sex Education.
Through the teaching of the above areas, we aim to develop a pupils’ understanding of the modern world and how differing views are contained within it. The curriculum is reactive and teaching needs to, at times, be flexible in order to address current events in the news.
As pupils learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. As they explore similarities and differences between people and discuss social and moral dilemmas, they learn to deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms. They identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.
Citizenship encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world."