The primary intention of the Academy’s BPE curriculum is to equip students with a deep understanding of beliefs, philosophies and ethical viewpoints that exist within their community. While learning about diversity in their locality, we aim to develop students’ appreciation of a range of religious beliefs, teachings and practices, actively encouraging celebration of what is akin in different faiths and communities of people. The Academy believes that understanding the beliefs, philosophies and ethics associated with religions is vital cultural capital that enables sympathetic understanding of conflicts between cultures and inspires free critical thinking that is without prejudice. In addition, through the study of BPE at Key Stage 3, our intention is that students will gain a deeper understanding of their own identity and beliefs, gaining the skills of respectful self-regulation when interacting with people who have different beliefs to their own.
By the end of Key Stage 3, students will be able to express viewpoints on beliefs, philosophies and ethics with sensitivity and understanding. Specifically, students will be able to articulate a deep understanding of how religious beliefs, practices and holy texts underpin cultural philosophies and people’s notions of what is ethical. Furthermore, they will be able to identify with different world religions and celebrate diversity, both as local citizens and global citizens.