Ethics and Philosophy

Philosophy means ‘the love of wisdom’, whilst ethics thinks about what is right and wrong and what should be done in certain situations.

In Ethics and Philosophy we encourage students to seek the truth. Our subject asks fundamental questions about life. It exposes students to the ideas of the greatest thinkers our world has ever known. It allows students to become more aware of contemporary ethical issues such as poverty, prejudice, and sexuality. We promote tolerance and understanding among people of a variety of faiths and those who have none.

At Key Stage 3 we build the foundations of knowledge of the six major world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. We do this through thematic schemes of work such as Relationships, Wealth and Poverty, Environmental Issues, Inspirational People and Life After Death.

By the end of Key Stage 3 students are well versed in being able to express their own views and also appreciating and expressing others' points of view. We have an emphasis also on Critical Thinking and aim to teach students to construct good arguments, analyse sources of evidence and think about different kinds of truth.

The specification follows St. Helens Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students and of society and prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Assessment Without Levels

The following document highlights the skills required to meet each grade using our new Assessment Without Levels system.

Ethics and Philosophy - Assessment Without Levels

Curriculum Content and Skills


Name of Module/Unit

Year 7

Autumn 1 Who am I?
Different types of religions.  

Autumn 2 Christianity  
Spring 1 Judaism.
Spring 2 Religion and a Multicultural society.
Summer 1 Religion and a Multicultural society.
Summer 2 Evil and suffering.   

Year 8 

Autumn 1 Religion and Drugs.
Autumn 2 Religion and Crime.  
Spring 1 Religion and Prejudice.
Spring 2 Religion and Prejudice.
Summer 1 Religion and the Family.
Summer 2 Religion and the poor.
Ethics and Philosophy Staff
Miss R. Edwards Head of Department / Head of PSHE
Mrs R. Laurie Teacher of Ethics 
Mrs K. Woosey Teacher of Ethics 
Miss M. Montgomery Teacher of Ethics
Mr R Forrest Teacher of Ethics
Mrs J. Vernon-Tinsley Teacher of Ethics
Mr A. McCullagh Teacher of Ethics
Mr S. Kehoe Teacher of Ethics


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