Values & Ethics
Mrs S MacDonald.
Members of the department
Miss R Woods
Miss A Palmer
Mrs G Coley
Mrs D Cross
Mr D Kent
Miss P Melville
Mr A Davies
Mr J Farthing
Miss V Marriot
Mrs S Hall
Mrs L Hood
Miss L Brown
Miss E White
Mr C Flanders
Miss D Williams
About Our Subject
Values and Ethics is a bespoke subject that encompasses citizenship, personal health, sex and relationships, careers and life skills. Each student has one hour per week; they are tailored to suit age groups and needs. Lessons are sourced and written using the latest information and guidance from support services such as Worcestershire Sexual Health and the Police and the subject is delivered by an experienced and highly-skilled team of teachers. The curriculum is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which our students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The whole school approach at Christopher Whitehead develops the qualities and attributes young people need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The Values and Ethics Department works closely with The Pastoral team and links to house and year assemblies.
The timetabled Values and Ethics programme meets, and exceeds statutory requirements and underpins the ethos of the school. The focus changes and adapts every year to meet the needs of individual year groups and to reflect current issues. Our programme contributes to personal development by helping students to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem. The Values and Ethics programme is viewed by Worcestershire LA as exemplary and is delivered by PSHE trained teachers. We work closely with the PSHE association to ensure that our programme of study is relevant, identifies the key concepts, skills and attributes as set out in the national curriculum framework.
Values and Ethics forms part of the Ofsted Personal development, behaviour and welfare category and was judged, during our 2018 inspection, to be outstanding.
‘Pupils’ personal development and well-being are outstanding’
‘The promotion of British values and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural
development is a significant strength of the school’
‘Pupils receive effective careers advice, which prepares them well for their future’
‘Prevention of radicalisation and terrorism is taught as part of the curriculum but is also covered in response to current affairs in the news’
We teach all topics and issues through a broad categorical rage: health and wellbeing, healthy relationships and living in the wider world. This gives students in each year group the opportunity to study and experience a comprehensive curriculum.
Students in KS3 will study:
Friendships, trust, belonging and identity, environmental issues, looking after yourself.
Citizenship, democracy, puberty, all about me, life with others
Students in KS4 will study:
Sex, body image and the media, gender balance, mental health, sex and relationship education including contraception
Organ donations, political literacy, sex and relationships
Careers and post 16 education (in collaboration with Mrs P Watmore, Careers Advisor), Sex and relationships and revision strategies.
In addition to the above programme the department adapts and addresses topical issues raised both internally, nationally and globally in separate one-off lessons when required.
Visiting speakers often reinforce the V&E lessons and key messages have included:
•Police – Drugs Awareness help, domestic violence, knife crime, hate crime
•Amnesty International speaker
•Shout-out youth group – making your voice heard.