HARLINGTON UPPER SCHOOL

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      Values and Personal Development

      Values and personal development education aims to equip pupils with the skills to play an effective role in public life. It encourages them to take in interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Their lessons will encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills and explore different ideas and opinions. Ultimately this should help contribute to giving pupils the confidence to become active, informed and critical citizens so that they can take action to try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world. This would fulfil the school’s aim for pupils to ‘know thyself’.

      Year 9

      The content of the lessons includes personal, social, health and citizenship education in addition to sex and relationships education. The content aims to deepen pupil’s understanding of British identity, democracy, government, human rights, multicultural Britain, drugs, smoking. Key concepts include: democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity.

      Year 10 and Year 11

      Course

      Values

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      Non accredited

      Grade Equivalences

      N/A

      Hours Taught (per cycle)

      2 hours

       

      Assessment Route

      N/A

      Values education at Harlington Upper School helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society.  The course covers a range of areas that have relevance and meaning for pupils at Key Stage 4.

       

      At Harlington we are committed to providing a thoughtful and wide–ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.  SMSC education is therefore provided in assemblies, during tutor time and during Values lessons. We are also committed to providing students with knowledge about different beliefs (religious and non-religious) and values.

       

      The content of Values lessons will therefore have an SMSC and ethical thinking emphasis.  The content of the lessons includes personal, social, health and citizenship education, sex and relationships education and information about different ethical perspectives.  The content aims to deepen pupils’ understanding of democracy, government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, how to identify and manage risk and why, in moral situations, there can be such a wide range of views.  Key concepts include: democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity, ethics and morality. The lessons will also include input into students’ careers and financial management.

       

      The content covers themes such as; power and politics, roles and rights, communities and identities, self-esteem, health and sex and relationships education, the role of the media, global business and environmental issues. There will also be moral and ethical dilemmas for students to consider.

       

      The course will have time devoted to ‘learning to learn’ activities; to learn about personal organisation and to gain support for generic study skills.  This will assist students in being fully prepared for the revision and examinations process in Year 11.