Welcome to the Philosophy & Ethics and P.S.H.E. Department
Miss H Williams
Mrs G Burch, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs R Campbell, Head of Year 11
Miss E Thompson
Miss R Richards
Introduction to the Department
Philosophy and Ethics and PSHE are subjects that are interesting, inspiring and relevant to students' own lives and decisions. Phil & Ethics, as we like to call it, meets the statutory requirement for all schools to provide Religious Education, but the subject is not exclusively about religion. Its purpose is not to promote any particular faith but to understand more about ourselves, the world in which we live and, most importantly, the people with whom it is shared. Furthermore, Phil & Ethics lessons encourage students to engage in healthy and lively debate, present reasoned arguments and to respectfully question ideas and issues. From the beginning of Year 7 we encourage students to think critically and creatively!
In PSHE we aim, through discussion-based, active lessons, for students to feel enabled to confidently make healthy and informed choices in life. Lessons are supported by a range of fun and practical resources.
Key Stage 3
Philosophy & Ethics
The Key Stage Three course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of different belief systems within the UK and across the world, whilst developing critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving abilities.
An Introduction to Philosophy & Ethics
Developing Religious Literacy: The Abrahamic Faiths
Developing Religious Literacy: Sikhism
Life in Modern Britain: Religion and the Media (with reference to Christianity/Islam)
Developing Religious Literacy: Buddhism
Expressions of Spirituality: Worship and Pilgrimge
Life in Modern Britain: Humanism and Human Rights
Ethics and Empathy: Freedom Writers
Ethics and Empathy: Ethical Issues
Life in Modern Britain: Equality
Developing Religious Literacy: Spirited Arts
Year 7 (taught by tutors): Coping with Change; Learning to Learn; Puberty and Adolescence
Year 8: Personal Safety: Home, School and In-Between; The Use and Mis-use of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Year 9: Sex and Relationships; Parenthood; Exploitation and Human Trafficking
Key Stage 4
GCSE Religious Studies/Philosophy & Ethics
This GCSE provides the opportunity to discuss and debate challenging philosophical and ethical questions, in addition to studying Christianity and Islam, their beliefs and practices.
There are three components:
- Philosophical and Ethical Issues in the Modern World (Relationships, Life and Death, Good and Evil, Human Rights)
- Study of Christianity
- Study of a World Faith: Islam
Core Religious Education and P.S.H.E. (From September 2017)
An exciting new course comprising of four units designed to focus on important life skills:
- Ethics in the Modern World
- Healthy Relationships
- Personal Finance
- Government and Democracy
Additionally there is an increased focus on critical thinking skills .
Students in Year 8 visit the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden during the autumn Enrichment Days.
We access a range of outside agencies and community groups to enhance learning. We have particularly close links with the School Health Nurse, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the A21: 'Bodies are not Commodities' Campaign.
From Year 9 students have the opportunity to participate in the 'Ready or Not Tot' parenting simulation project.
We encourage all students to keep abreast of current issues relevant to the subject through accessing the news and topical broadcasts.