E4L Education for Life
At Key Stage 3, there are many aspects of R.E. and P.S.H.C.E. which are similar, resulting in the two subjects being merged into E4L - Education for Life. This is a very similar structure to the way in which these curriculum areas are taught in some upper schools. Pupils receive hourly lessons throughout the year covering a variety of topics.
Personal, social, health and economic education brings together personal, social and health education, work-related learning, careers, enterprise, and financial capability.
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. PSHCE is also responsible for educating the pupils about Drugs and Sex and Relationships Education. Effective sex and relationship education (SRE) is essential if young people are to make responsible, informed and healthy decisions about their lives, both now and in the future.
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.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils' knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils' awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.