Social and Cultural Studies

Social and Cultural Studies in Harton Academy is delivered through one dynamic and forward looking department. The department teaches three key areas of the curriculum Religious Education, Citizenship and PSHE. Staff encourage pupils to developed informed opinions and to understand and respect the diverse nature of the society we live in.

The aims of the department are to offer opportunities for pupils to:

  • learn, understand and respect different religions, beliefs, values and traditions (including ethical life stances), and understand their influence on individuals, societies, communities and cultures;
  • explore issues within, across, between, and outside of faiths and consider questions of meaning and purpose in life;
  • learn about religious and ethical teaching, enabling them to make reasoned and informed judgements on religious and moral issues;
  • develop their sense of identity and belonging, preparing them for adult life as active and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society;
  • be confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
  • develop skills of enquiry and response in analysis, expression, reflection, evaluation and application, through the use of distinctive language, listening and empathy;
  • become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

The curriculum gives pupils opportunities to explore a range of issues and to gain insight into the diverse nature of the society in which they live.

Key Stage 3

The course covers:

In Year 7

  • A bridging unit based on Christianity linking what pupils do in RE in their primary schools and the work they do here at Harton (this is a requirement of the locally agreed syllabus)
  • Islam (RE)
  • The environment and animal rights (Citizenship and RE)
  • Local democracy (Citizenship)
  • Sex and relationships education (PSHE)
  • Buddhism (RE)
  • The Real Game a careers and finance programme linked to PSHE

Year 8

  • Multi-Cultural Britain (RE and Citizenship)
  • Miracles (RE)
  • Health related issues including, tobacco, alcohol and relationships including sex education (PSHE)
  • Science v Religion (RE)
  • National Government (Citizenship)
  • Justice (RE)

Year 9

  • What does it mean to be human? (RE)
  • Suffering (RE)
  • Sex and relationships including HIV/AIDS (PSHE)
  • Rights and Responsibilities (Citizenship)
  • Crime and Punishment (Citizenship)
  • Religion and War (RE)
  • Finance (PSHE)
  • Wealth and Poverty (RE)
  • Introducing GCSE

Key Stage 4

The department teaches the following examination course.

  • EDEXCEL Religion and Ethics (Christianity)
  • EDEXCEL Religion Peace and Conflict (Islam)

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Last updated: 04-05-18

Key Staff

Mr B Holyome :
Assistant Subject Leader

Name: Mr B Holyome

Role: Assistant Subject Leader


Mr J Barraclough :

Name: Mr J Barraclough

Role: Teacher


Mrs C McGuigan :

Name: Mrs C McGuigan

Role: Teacher


Mrs S Cassar :
ITT Leader

Name: Mrs S Cassar

Role: ITT Leader


Mrs S Reid :
Assistant Head of Year 9

Name: Mrs S Reid

Role: Assistant Head of Year 9