Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE)
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RPE is a course designed to support students in their development. All students in KS3 have three lessons of RPE a fortnight; KS4 students have four lessons of RPE a fortnight. RPE contributes to an integrated approach to the Religious Education, PHSEE and Citizenship curriculum. (The PSHEE Pastoral Programme is delivered through Tutor Sessions, RPE and Enrichment Days and coordinated by the Deputy Headteacher [Pastoral], the Head of PSHEE, and Heads of Year).
The RPE programme of study aims to offer our students opportunities to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels.
During RPE topics students learn about aspects of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and philosophical perspectives on communities, societies and cultures. This course encourages respect for national, religious and ethnic identities. Students will be asked to reflect upon contemporary issues, take part in discussions as well as consider and respond to a range of important questions related to their own spiritual development and values. By the end of their compulsory education, our students will have investigated a wide range of philosophical, political, moral, ethical, health and legal issues.
The department uses the Student Portal to allow 24/7 access for students to extend their studies and in their preparation for examinations. Our students’ learning experiences are supported by the use of Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms, with a wide range of software actively used in lessons as well as available via the Student Learning Gateway. Students utilise textbooks, videos/DVDs, teacher-prepared resources, and computers as well as enjoy a range of speakers and visits. Learning resources and exemplar essays via Padlet are accessible to students at school and at home. Extension archives of Religious Studies and Philosophy journals are available for students to access both at school and at home. Students are encouraged to use iTunesU in addition to a range of other university level resources/lectures to enhance their learning.