In Phase One, we focus on personal values and identity in our Personal and Professional Development (PPD) curriculum offer. Students look at what helps form their own identity and what people consider as being typically British. Students learn that Britain is a diverse nation full of a variety of ethnicities, cultures and beliefs.
In PPD, Year 9 students focus on diversity, prejudice, discrimination, self-image and assertiveness. In Year 10 we look at issues that are linked to various different cultures within Britain, such as; Domestic violence, forced marriages, extremism and female genital mutilation. In Year 11 this spiraled curriculum approach allows students to develop their prior knowledge further learning about: Diversity, discrimination, conflicting values and challenging and offensive behaviour.
In all year groups at Brompton Academy students’ look at which cultures and events are influential within British society and how they influence us as a nation. All students are assessed with the same question at the start of the module and at the end. This enable us to track the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and illustrates what progress has been made, opinions that have changed and strategies that have been employed.
In Ethics we look at the rule of law and how this may be contrasted with religious rules or moral precepts. For example, in an exploration of the idea of rules generally, children may consider why we all have to follow civic law and the impact this has on our lives. This may then be contrasted with rules, precepts and guidance given by different religious communities. In addition, pupils may explore how democracy and legislation in the UK, in contrast to some other jurisdictions, support and protect people’s religious beliefs and freedoms.
We also explore the idea of individual liberty by studying non-Christian faiths in the UK the idea of freedom of religion may arise as part of the rights of the individual.
We address the issue of mutual respect across the phases in Ethics lessons through case studies, religious teachings and ethical debates. Pupils hear stories of people who have taken particular actions because of their beliefs, actions that have been about equal treatment and respect for those who are, for example, black, female, or have a different religious belief from the majority, such as Martin Luther King or Malala Yousafzi.
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