Faith and Ethics

The Faith and Ethics department follow a curriculum modelled around the Turton Touchstones and structured using the elements of the Trivium. The touchstone of relatedness, where students are encouraged to develop mutual respect and develop their compassion and empathy is key to our approach and content at all Key Stages. The curriculum at Key stage 3 reflects the community we belong to, and therefore the majority of the student’s Key Stage 3 experience is spent learning about Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, with other beliefs / perspectives incorporated too. Through the Trivium approach the student’s journey begins learning the grammar of the subject, what beliefs do these religions teach, why do they believe these things and how do these beliefs impact their lives? Students are given the opportunity to reflect on the beliefs/views they study and begin to consider their own perspective and why they hold it. The department adapt the curriculum in light of local and global concerns and the students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding and reflect on current events, applying the grammar they have previously learnt.

The department have mapped out the student’s journey from year 7 to year 13 and have identified the content and skills that students will require, not only in further education, but also in their lives as adults, as they live and work in a diverse community. Students are given the chance to develop the dialectic element of the curriculum, where they apply their knowledge, reflect on varying perspectives and learn essential life skills of analysis and evaluation. The Key Stage 4 curriculum furthers this and builds their ability to apply the knowledge they have learnt at Key Stage 3. Students extend this to reflect on issues within their local community, such as prejudice and discrimination, as well as within the global community for example through the topic of war and peace.

At Key Stage 5 we continue to work on preparing students for higher education; we have built in independent learning opportunities, by encouraging students to develop their wider understanding of the complex concepts studied through additional reading and recognising the connections between religious, ethical and philosophical topics of study. We also use a seminar style approach to some lessons which means that students are taking increased responsibility for their work. We incorporate the Rhetoric element of the Trivium by enabling students to use their knowledge and skills gained throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 to really explore, in depth, the areas of religion, ethics and philosophy throughout Key Stage 5.

Course Contacts

Head of Department: 

R. Greenhalgh  ( )

Teaching Staff: 

C. Rowbottom  ( )

E. Bailey  ( )

C. Moorhouse  ( )

J. Edge  ( )

L. Murphy  ( )