PSHEE, Citizenship & British Values
Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education and Citizenship is a taught subject in Years 7-10. The subject is delivered in form groups in one period a week.
The course is intended to develop students’ knowledge of real life issues and concerns and considers a range of personal, health and financial matters appropriate to each year group. Topics considered, amongst others, include: drug’s awareness, time management, personal safety, healthy eating, exercise, financial matters and emotional well being.
In Year 10 students sit the AQA Level 1/Level 2 certificate 'Preparation for Working Life' which provides a focus to the work in this year. The qualification is equivalent to a GCSE short (half) course and includes work related skills: the compilation of a job application and c.v as well as interview skills for full or part time work.
In Year 11 a course in Philosophy and Personal Enrichment is delivered. This develops the students’ moral, ethical, cultural and spiritual understanding as well as giving practical guidance in respect of the many life choices that have to be made in respect of education and careers.
The Sixth Form Enrichment programme occupies two periods every Friday afternoon, but also takes the form of trips and visits, for instance, the year starts with a teambuilding day at an outward bound centre. The programme is designed to develop the skills and talents that will enable our students to enter Higher Education and/or work with an advantage over others. Activities range from study skills seminars to visits to the Houses of Parliament, from debating to walking in Snowdonia, from completing university entry forms to “cooking for one”. A number of speakers and presenters from outside organisations, Old Ewellians and others are invited each year to further enliven and inform our students.
As part of the community, Ewell Castle School fully recognises its responsibility to serve the interests of all. We are part of a multi-cultured society with many religious interests being served. It is the School’s intention to ensure tha the diverse groups and individuals attending are given a balanced education in every sense. There is no room for political or religious extremism, and the free flow of ideas is to be postively encouraged.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is of paramount importance. This means that discrimination of any kind is actively discouraged in faith, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, political afiliation and so on. Ewell Castle believes in equal opportunities for all. A fully rounded education will equip our pupils properly for the challenges of Twenty First Century life.
In line with recent government direction, Ewell Castle acknowledges the expectation that the key British Values will be routinely emphasised as part of community life, both inside and outside the classroom.
The fundamental British values are stipulated as being Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We aim to promote principles which will enable pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Pupils are taught to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. They are also encouraged to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality and beyond.
The expectation is that pupils will acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England. Tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions are important so pupils must come to appreciate and respect their own and different cultures. Citizens of the United Kingdom are equal in the eyes of the law, and a full appreciation of the democratic process is to be grasped.
Beyond this, partisan political views will not find a platform here. It is considered to be the height of importance that a balanced presentation of opposing views is given. It is the expectation that all Ewell Castle pupils will leave this School prepared to serve the community positively, fully embued with a balanced view of society and its differences.
Certificate in Preparation for Working Life AQA Short Course (Code: 4800) examined in May 2018 and taken by all Year 10 students.
|Mr K Peto BA, PGCE||Head of Department|
|Ms L Wilkinson BSc, PGCE|