Ethics/RS

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”  Potter Stewart

In Ethics our aim is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills that will:

       Make them safe (eg. Sex education, drugs education, internet safety)
       Benefit the community (eg. Charity work)
       Prepare them for the workplace (eg. Communication skills, working together, problem  
                                                                                                                                     solving)

 “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” (W.B Yeats)

In Ethics we enter national competitions such as ‘Spirited Art’, in which students produce a piece of artwork and written work to express their beliefs about the allocated topic of the year.  We also take part in the Giving Nation Project, in which students raise money and awareness about an issue of concern to themselves.  As part of this project students run a Charity Evening.

We regularly have guest speakers including the Fire service, Safe at Last, Road Safety and are involved in the annual trips to Castleton, the national arboretum in Leicestershire and last year Y12 students attended a revision conference in London.

We are developing strong links with Sheffield University and have run several collaborations.  Students from the university have led discussions on philosophical topics, including Plato’s dialogues and the philosophical issues of some films.

In Ethics we are very keen to support learning with innovative techniques. Our priority is  ethics classdeveloping independent learners. We make use of P4C (Philosophy for Children): a way of engaging students with deeper questioning and debating skills. Project based learning is also used (eg. Ethics and Art, Literature, Evil, Relationships), in which students take a lead on their own learning.

Solo Taxonomy (structure of observed learning outcomes): a method that seeks to enable student to progress from surface to deep and then to conceptual understanding.  The following symbols are used to show the progress students are making:

 solo taxonomy symbols