Life Skills and Moral Issues

We believe that being prepared for the world beyond education is vital and through this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. 

The course brings together elements of RE, PSHCE and careers education. It  encourages students to take an interest in topical and controversial issues to engage in discussion and debate; looking at Christian, Islamic and non-religious perspectives on such issues.

Pupils will learn about the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. They will consider the advantages of budgeting and managing their money and  will learn how to play an active role in the life of school and the wider society, as active and   global citizens. 

Through active learning opportunities students will come to recognise and manage risk, take increased responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours.

Students will also be prepared for work by looking at career pathways, developing CV writing skills and via interview practice.

Core PE

Students at The Joseph Whitaker School will participate in 2 hours of compulsory PE per week. During the 2 hours, pupils will participate in a variety of activities with the theme of promoting activity and healthy lifestyles running throughout the PE curriculum. In addition to participation in sports, there will also be an opportunity for some students to gain a Fitness Instructors qualification and Leadership experience/qualifications. If students have chosen to undertake GSCE PE within their option choices, core PE  lessons will be used to supplement their learning.