Religious Education and Life

Religious Education and Life

Introduction to the Subject and Team

The Life and RE department is staffed by a team of experienced staff mainly from the Humanities team. It includes PHSCE and Citizenship.

PHSEE lessons aim to provide students with the knowledge, and to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to manage their lives in a healthy and responsible way.

Citizenship is about learning to live together as a community, at a series of different scales such as locally, within Britain or beyond. It is about giving young people the knowledge they need to play a full part in society. Citizenship aims to help students develop their understanding of how society works and how they can play a full part in it.

RE is not about making people religious! In RE we aim to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the main world religions.

Our core values are the promotion of the values of justice and respect for all. We tackle the most important questions in life and play a part in developing a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

Course Content at Key Stage 3


Life is a course which all students follow from Year 7 through to Year 9. It covers the Citizenship and PHSEE curriculum areas, as well as RE in Years 7 to 9. Students have 1 lesson a week which is taught by experienced staff drawn mainly from the Humanities team. Each year is divided into 6 topics, each one lasting about half a term.

At Key Stage 3 topics include puberty, friendships, peer pressure, bullying, risk, sex and relationships, contraception, drugs, democracy, breaking the law, local communities, human rights, managing money and finance.

In Year 7 the units covered are: Identity and Community, Relationships and Bullying, Puberty, Rights and Responsibilities, Democracy, Personal safety and Risk.

In Year 8 the units are Breaking the Law, and Community (Citizenship strand), Sex and Relationships, and Drugs (PHSEE strand) and Evil and Suffering, and Life after Death (RE strand).

In Year 9 there are 6 units, these are Human Rights, Money Matters, The Commonwealth, UN and EU (Citizenship strand); Sex and Relationships, and Risk (PHSEE strand) and Moral Issues (RE strand). The lessons aim to give the students the appropriate level of knowledge and awareness of the skills needed to make safe and responsible choices in their lives, and to become informed and active members of society.

Course Content at Key Stage 4

At KS4 Students will follow a programme of study which is a non-examination course. Topics covered include human rights, democracy, the UK in the world, relationships, love, sex and marriage, risk, money management and financial matters, the problems of underage pregnancy and mental health issues such as self-esteem, stress and depression.

This is taught through specified times identified in the Academy Calendar to meet the needs of the students.

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