(Sociology, Theology, Relationships and Sexual Health)
The Religious Education element of STaRS provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life. It explores the beliefs about God, the nature of reality, issues or right and wrong and encourages contemplation of what it means to be human. It develops knowledge and understanding of faiths in the UK and the wider world. This core area of the curriculum enhances student’s awareness of religious beliefs, teaching, practices and forms of expression. Religious Education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
The Personal, Social, Health and Economic education element of STaRS aims to; equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. To encourage them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. To enhance their spiritual, moral and cultural development. Students will learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy as well as what makes a healthy, happy and safe relationship.
Most students will study Citizenship GCSE. We believe that this subject is an essential component of our curriculum. It has the power to motivate and educate our young people into becoming thoughtful, active citizens who engage with British values as well as developing the knowledge, skills and understanding our students will need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens.
Project based learning: Y7 and 8
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centred pedagogical approach
in which it is believed that students acquire deeper knowledge
through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. The aim of PBL is to develop the independent and group learning skills of our students to meet both the needs of the Year 7 curriculum as well as supporting their learning in future stages of their education. It aims in particular to improve student engagement in learning as well as practical literacy skills.
Form Tutor programme
All students follow a bespoke tutor programme which includes “The big question”; this encourages meaningful debate in response to an issue which has presented in the media recently, and ensures that our students have an awareness of issues on a global level. Students themselves create a “Thought for the Week’, which is used by the entire academy during our daily one minute’s silence. These daily opportunities for individual reflection ensure that our students become reflective and compassionate learners who feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the world in which they live.
Our assemblies are delivered by a range of staff, according to their specialisms and passions. Our approach is varied but collectively offers a wide but coordinated basis for spiritual, social and cultural moral development. Assemblies will refer not only to local, but also national and international themes of importance. During this academic year we have already had incredibly powerful assemblies linked to Holocaust Memorial Day, Remembrance, Black History Month and Protected Characteristics, and the response from both our students and staff has been incredible.