Humanities, Faith and Relationships Education

Humanities, Faith and Relationships Education

The Humanities provision will underpin the School’s drive to develop exemplary citizens who hold an appreciative understanding of British history, promote fundamental British values and challenge all forms of discrimination and extremism.

At Key Stage 3, all learners will have separate specialist teaching of History, Religious Studies, Citizenship/PSHE (Life Skills) and Geography.

The teaching of History up to and beyond GCSE level will allow students to undertake an understanding of modern world History, with a specific focus on British History and culture over the last millennia.

PSHE (life skills) and the Active Citizenship curriculum at Key Stage 3 and beyond will include a focus on healthy body and healthy life; self-awareness; risks such as sexual exploitation, unsafe use of the internet and extremism; as well as learning on careers, money, industry and economics. The curriculum will also develop knowledge of the public institutions and services in England and abroad, and an understanding of different cultures and faiths.  Students will be taught about parliament, about how laws are drafted and approved, about how the democratic institutions function and about the role of media and voluntary bodies.

Other areas, such as distinguishing right from wrong; respect for the law; tolerance for, and respect for the rights of others and their cultures and faiths; freedom of choice; freedom of association; freedom of thought; risks of religious and political extremism; accepting personal responsibility within their communities and the concept of the ‘Big Society’ will be delivered through Citizenship lessons, as well as the School’s PSHE (life skills), assembly and ‘Leadership’ specialism.  Aspects of Sex and Relationship Education (including awareness of issues such as female genital mutilation, forced marriages and sexual exploitation) will also be delivered through the PSHE (life skills) and Active Citizenship curriculum.

At GCSE, all students will complete a GCSE in Religious Studies.  All students will also study either GCSE History or GCSE Geography.

Religious Education up to GCSE level and beyond will include an understanding of the beliefs and practices of major world faiths, such as Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism, as well as understanding the nature of faith itself and respecting those of all faiths and none. The teaching of Religious Education will be structured around the curriculum developed by SACRE.

Parents and carers may ask that a student should be wholly or partly withdrawn from Religious Education.  Parents wishing to do so should contact the Principal to discuss this request as the School remains responsible for supervision and for ensuring that the request does not impact on a child’s attendance at school.  As all subjects within the curriculum contribute to developing students spiritually, morally, socially and culturally there will be occasions when spontaneous enquiries made by students on religious matters arise in other areas of the curriculum. Circumstances will vary, but responses to such enquiries are unlikely to constitute Religious Education within the meaning of the legislation and a parent would not be able to insist on a child being withdrawn every time issues relating to religion and spiritual values were raised.

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