Philosophy, Religion, PSHE and Citizenship
Introducing Philosophy, Religion and Citizenship
Oldbury Wells School promotes tolerance and harmony and enables students to appreciate and respect different cultures and traditions through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum. This uses themes to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, with respect for the public and private institutions in the country. The school promotes community cohesion and safeguards against biased or unbalanced teaching and the promotion of partisan political views and ensures that when political or controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.
Religion and Citizenship
At Key Stage 3 all students follow a program that looks at topics focussed on key areas of life and experience that combine exploration of different religious approaches with an open and neutral investigation of these themes. At Key stage 4 this continues in a core program where the themes tackled are aimed at providing the students with a balanced and unbiased investigation of important issues that are at the forefront of daily experience. Students still explore different religious approaches, with particular attention paid to Christianity and Islam, as these are the main religious traditions in the UK and in Shropshire. The themes investigated can be reviewed on the curriculum plan linked below.
Philosophy and Religion GCSE
Students can also opt to study a full course GCSE in addition to the Core programme at KS4. In this course additional themes are explored that require the students to approach topics in more depth. The religions studied are Christianity, as the main religion of the country and Shropshire, and Buddhism due to its philosophical approach and popularity with the students. Both have strong ethical and moral positions and act as excellent stimuli to develop critical thinking skills. Again, the themes explored can be reviewed on the curriculum plan linked below.
SMSC and Britishness
An important role of Religion and Citizenship, and the Philosophy and Religion GCSE, is to ensure that students at Oldbury Wells receive a balanced, unbiased and positive experience of the society in which they live and core British values are embedded within the curriculum we provide. Throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students are given opportunities to reflect and develop their own ideas, discuss ethical and moral issues to develop their ideas of right and wrong, understand the role and importance of laws, and how to make a positive contribution locally and nationally through different government, public and civil agencies. The course supports and encourages students to gain self-confidence through mutual respect for all ways of life and how this is facilitated by democracy and active participation in it. Government guidance on radicalisation is followed with the Prevent strategies incorporated at every stage.