PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & ETHICS (including Religious Education)

Staff and Responsibilities

Mr P Shelton – Deputy Headteacher – Destinations (CEIAG), PDE Teacher
Mrs B Moss – Deputy Headteacher – Pastoral & Wellbeing
Mrs J Madden – Director of Learning – Personal Development Strategic Planning (including CEIAG), PDE Teacher
Mrs R Ramsden – Assistant Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead, PDE and GCSE RS Teacher
Mrs P Birchall, WRL Coordinator – CEIAG Coordination
Mr L Clarke, Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator, PDE and GCSE RS Teacher
Ms A McLeod, Teacher – PDE Teacher
All Subject Leads – Mapping of Cross Curricular PSHE
All Form Teachers – Delivering PSHE Focus Weeks

The Personal Development and Ethics (PDE) curriculum has been carefully designed to provide a flexible, dynamic, broad and balanced scheme of learning across all year groups. It is ambitious, age appropriate and spirals across both key stages. Our purpose is to provide every opportunity for our learners to be happy, healthy, engaged and successful citizens.

Our vision is not just to develop learner’s knowledge and understanding. It is also to enable them to investigate world views, express their ideas and respond to the world around them in an informed, rational and insightful way. We encourage leaners to make effective transitions, make positive learning and career choices and achieve economic well-being. The learning environment is PDE provides opportunities for learners to safely explore, reflect and clarify their own values and attitudes on the complex and sometimes conflicting range of world views they encounter both now and in the future.

The PDE curriculum has two strands, the first incorporates the Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship, British Values, Character Education, SMSC, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). The second strand incorporates Religious Education in both key stages.

PDE is taught across both key stages for 1 hour per week. In addition to PDE, Religious Studies is also offered as a GCSE option at KS4

All students receive one 30min form time lesson each week on mental health and well-being education. The topics they explore include attitudes to mental health, promoting well-being, digital resilience, unhealthy and healthy coping strategies, dealing with change, managing exam pressure, reframing negative thinking and coping with grief. We also run awareness weeks during the academic year and fundraise for different charities linked to Mental Health and well-being e.g. Young Minds.

Year 7 content

Introduction to Communities (Religious Education)

Who was Jesus? (Religious Education)

Physical Health and Fitness

Families and Relationships

What does it mean to be Hindu? (Religious Education)

Puberty, Healthy Relationships, Risk and Consent

What does it meant to be Jewish? (Religious Education)

Year 8 content

Financial Choices

What does it mean to be Muslim? (Religious Education)

Online and Media

How do people respond to Ultimate Questions? (Religious Education)

Identity, Stereotypes and Equality

What does it mean to be Buddhist? (Religious Education)

Spirited Arts (Religious Education)

Online Wellbeing

Year 9 content

Being Safe

Animals and the Environment (Religious Education)

Respectful relationships including friendships

Internet Safety and Harm

What does it mean to be Jewish? (Religious Education)

Relationships, Sexual Health and Consent

What does it mean to be Christian? (Religious Education)

Year 10 content

Religion, Crime and Punishment (Religious Education)

Intimate Sexual Relationships including Sexual Health (1)

Religion, Peace and Conflict (Religious Education)

Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Negotiating Consent

Relationships and Families (Religious Education)

The Existence of God and Revelation (Religious Education)

Y11 content

Work and Careers 1

Work and Careers 2

Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice (Religious Education)

Intimate Sexual Relationships including Sexual Health (2)

Religion and Drug Abuse (Religious Education)

Revision and Study Skills

GCSE Religious Studies

At GCSE we study the Eduqas Religious Studies specification. As part of their GCSE learners will study units that will develop their knowledge and understanding of religious and non-religious, beliefs, teachings, practices and sources of wisdom.

Our aim is to enable learners to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of understanding of the subject. Opportunities are provided for learners to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. The course also challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in light of what they have learnt and it contributes to their preparation for adult life.

We will cover the following units during years 10 and 11:

Year 10 content

The Study of Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings
The Study of Christianity: practices
Issues of Human Rights
The Study of Judaism: Beliefs and Teachings
The Study of Judaism: practices

Year 11 content

Issues of Life and Death
Issues of Good and Evil
Issues of Relationships
Subject Intent and Learning Journey

The following link outlines what students will learn at each stage of their journey at Bedford in PDE. This includes the key knowledge, skills and concepts they will encounter through their exciting and aspirational journey in PDE. PDE Curriculum Intent and Learning Journey, RE Curriculum Intent and Learning Journey