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Personal Development - Careers - PSHE - Religious Studies

This is our dedicated lesson in our curriculum across Key Stage 3 and 4 for Careers, PSHE and Religious Studies. It is rotation model of subjects throughout the year.

In Careers the curriculum is designed to support the wider programme within school so that students are guided to make informed and purposeful decisions about their future career paths. Our aim is to raise self-awareness and develop thinking about the skills that can be harnessed within a future workplace and to provide a realistic understanding of the diverse opportunities that are available within the ever-evolving global landscape. We explore different professions, industries, and vocational pathways to broaden horizons and inspire a sense of direction and purpose. We encourage students to have a proactive approach to planning for their future and to understand that a sense of purpose can help them to achieve so that they can contribute meaningfully to society and thrive in their chosen future profession.

In PSHE the curriculum is designed around the three core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The design of this curriculum aims to support a student’s personal development in a well-considered, age-appropriate programme where key themes are revisited and developed as their needs change. Our PSHE provision follows statutory guidance and supports our students to make positive choices around relationships, mental health with active, healthy lifestyles including Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). RSE is about emotional, social and cultural development of students, considering and exploring sexual health, sexuality, diversity and personal identity under the statutory guidance. The aim of RSE and PSHE is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships all kinds. We aim to support students’ holistic development so that they have the skills and knowledge that they need to make informed and ethical decisions about their life. We foster a culture of respect, compassion, understanding and tolerance to contribute to a more harmonious society.

In Religious Studies the curriculum is designed to be a knowledge rich programme that allows students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. The aims it to challenge students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Students will also explore non-religious world views, such as Humanism and atheism, to gain a greater understanding of the wider world we live in. It also develops a students’ religious literacy and wider understanding of concepts that are relevant to the wider curriculum, also contributing to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of human societies. We encourage debate, curiosity, respect and promote core British values within the subject also.

Key Contacts

Please contact the subject lead Miss Nottingham if you have any questions, concerns or require further information. You can also read the policies section about this subject here as you have further rights as a parent/guardian regarding this subject.

Ken Stimpson Academy
Staniland Way
PE4 6JT (Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)