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Philosophy, Ethics & Religion


Encompassing History, Geography, Economics, Psychology and Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, the Individual & Societies department develops within our young learners a critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions. In addition, each subject is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, to analyse critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies. I & S is an inclusive, enjoyable, department that sets high expectations of our students who are also encouraged to be self-motivated and critical independent thinkers. 

The aims of the Philosophy, Religion & Ethics syllabus are:

  • to develop religious literacy*;
  • to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom, including humanist and secular perspectives;
  • to develop an understanding of the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures;
  • to develop attitudes of respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own;
  • to develop critical and philosophical thinking;
  • to develop an understanding of different perspectives in ethical matters;
  • to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about philosophical, religious and ethical issues, with reference to the principal religions and world views represented locally and in the United Kingdom and including humanist and secular perspectives. 

Philosophy, religion and ethics deal with some of the most profound and difficult questions in human life, such as: 

  • What is the purpose of life? 
  • What does it mean to be human? 
  • What is our identity? 
  • Is there a God or spiritual aspect to our lives? 
  • How should people treat each other? 
  • How do we explain and cope with death and suffering? 
  • How do we respond to ethical issues and dilemmas? 
  • How should we treat animals and the environment? 

Religions approach these issues in complex ways, in ways of life, culture and action, as well as ritual, tradition, story, symbol and belief. The syllabus aims to take account of this depth and complexity, helping students to an understanding appropriate to their age and attitude. Throughout the PRE curriculum pupils should be encouraged to explore religions and beliefs about the world and human condition, engage with their knowledge, and reflect on their learning and their lives. 

For further information about the Philosophy, Religion and Ethics curriculum, please contact Mr Turner mark.turner@parksidecc.org.uk (Head of Department) or Mr White ed.white@parksidecc.org.uk (Assistant Head of Department)