Religious Education, Citizenship and Personal Development

Religious Education is the core of the core curriculum in a Catholic school. Religious Education is concerned not only with intellectual knowledge but also includes emotional and affective learning. It is in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of what it is to be human truly becomes clear. Without religious education, students would be deprived of an essential element of their formation and personal development, which helps them attain a vital harmony between faith and culture. Learning RE leads to an understanding of the relationship between science and religion or history, and between theology, sport and the human body.

Philosophy and Ethics
The study of religion builds on from GCSE work and looks at sources of wisdom and authority, God, life after death, key moral principles as well as religious identity. It will also look at the dialogue between philosophy and religion and ethical studies and religion.

Sixth Form RE
All students in Y12 and Y13 continue their religious studies with the aim of developing independent, caring individuals who may fulfil their potential personally, socially, spiritually and intellectually. Emerging as faith-filled and hopeful young people, attentive and discerning to fulfilling their vocations.
Students study one from:

Christian Living
Students in Y12 and Y13 explore and debate aspects of living out their Christian faith in a modern society.

Extended Project Qualification
Students in Y12 opting to take will undertake a project helping them explore a spiritual or moral question. They will:

  • Take responsibility for an individual task
  • develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent students
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem solving skills
  • extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise
  • use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
  • transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study.

Citizenship education is about helping people understand how things work and how to challenge and change them for the better.
The Citizenship programme at KS3 and KS4 is delivered through formal lessons and as part of the form tutor period. As part of our ethos St. Peter’s embeds SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) aspects across the curriculum. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and those without faith across all subjects in the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.

Topics include:

  • Human rights.
  • How and why laws are made.
  • Consumer rights and responsibilities.
  • Crime.
  • Producing the news.
  • Rights and responsibilities in the world of work.
  • Racism and discrimination.
  • Local issues and global action.
  • How does the economy work?

Personal Development
Our curriculum supports spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Key Stage 3 acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. Students learnt the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. Personal Development allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

At Key Stage 4, students further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. Personal development education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Topics include:

  • Health and wellbeing: diet and activity.
  • Health and well-being: alcohol and drugs.
  • Emotional health and well-being: including sexual health.
  • Relationships and sex education: no rush- no regrets.
  • Consent in a variety of aspects.
  • Parenthood and responsibilities.
  • Identifying and accessing appropriate support and advice.
  • Making informed choices: finances, consumer rights and responsibilities.
  • Making informed choices: enterprise and ambition.
  • Employability and resilience.
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills.
  • Equality.