Welcome to the PME Department


Philosophy, Morality and Ethics is a brand new department launched in September 2018 covering the disciplines of Religious Studies, Personal Social Health and Citizenship education, Citizenship and Health and Social Care. The department delivers Philosophy, Morality and Ethics to all Year groups at Key Stage 3 and Years 9 and 10 at Key Stage 4 for one hour a week. This brand new subject combines Religious Studies and Personal Social Health and Citizenship education delivering beliefs and practices of the main and alternative religions, inspirational, respect and toleration, Health and Sexual Relationships, Anti-bullying and Drugs education.

Within the PME department Religious Studies, Citizenship and Health and Social Care are offered as GCSE subjects and they are very popular. A BTEC is offered in Health and Social Care to give students a gateway to a career in the Health Service. Whilst GCSE Religious Studies and Health and Social Care are new in terms of the full course, recent results in the Religious Studies GCSE short course have been excellent and GCSE Citizenship was the third highest in the GCSE subjects in 17/18.

The PME department is at the heart of our school and is the place on the curriculum where we teach our pupils an ethos of care, toleration and respect for others. We hope to broaden and enlighten pupils’ minds and instil within them a sense of morality and citizenship. Many charitable events are organised within the PME department such as Harvest Festival appeal and Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal. Assembles are organised within the PME department such as Christmas, Easter, Diwali, Baisakhi, Ramadan and Fair Trade.

Mr Lyn Davies
Head of PME

Meet the Team


Mr L Davies

Head of Philosophy, Morality and Ethics
ld@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Mr T Butler

Teacher
tb@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Miss L Dellow

Teacher
lgd@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


Mr J Flaherty

Teacher (Head of Year 11)
jef@snhs.kirklees.sch.uk


 

Department Subjects


Major Topics
  • Citizenship
  • Action The UK and the wider world
  • Democracy and government
  • Rights, the laws and the legal system
Features of your Citizenship Course

Assessment

  • Paper – uses multiple choice questions to assess learners’ knowledge and understanding across the whole specification
  • Paper – focuses on democracy and government, including citizenship action and links this to rights, the law and the legal system
  • Paper – focuses on the UK and the wider world and links this to rights, the law and the legal system.
AO1 30%
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of citizenship concepts, terms, and issues
AO2 30%
Apply Knowledge and understanding of citizenship concepts, terms and issues to contexts and actions.
AO3 30%
Analyse and evaluate a range of evidence relating to citizenship issues, debates and actions, including different viewpoints, to develop reasoned, coherent arguments and make substantiated judgements.
Knowledge – what, how? (state, describe) 20%

Understanding – why? (Explain) 10%

To citizenship contexts 15

To citizenship actions 15%

Analyse a range of evidence relating to citizenship issues, debates and actions 14%

(Advocacy)
Evaluate a range of evidence relating to citizenship issues, debates and actions (including different viewpoints) to develop reasoned, coherent arguments 12%

(Evaluation)
Evaluate a range of evidence relating to citizenship issues, debates and actions (including different viewpoints) to make substantiated judgements 14%

Assessment Objectives
Paper 1 – Citizenship in perspective
(01) 25% of the GCSE
Paper 2 – Citizenship in action
(02) 50% of the GCSE
Paper 3 – Our rights, our society, our world (03) 25% of the GCSE
50 Marks (AO1 and A02)
50 Minutes
Written paper in 3 sections
Section A – Rights, the law and the legal system
Section B – Democracy and Government
Section C – UK and the wider world
Objective test questions (OTQ’s)
100 Marks (AO1,2 and 3)
1 hour 45 mins
Written paper in 4 section
Section A – Short answer items – some based on stimulus material
Section B – Items based on the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of source material and issues about democracy and government
Section C – Extended-response synoptic item – evaluation of a viewpoint using knowledge and understanding from across the whole citizenship course
Section D – Short-answer and extended response items based on citizenship action case studies and an extended response item to evaluate of personal citizenship action.

Content – Democracy and government and citizenship action but with items linked to other sections, particularly Rights, the laws and the legal system.

50 Marks (AO1 and AO3)
1 hour
Written paper in 4 thematic sections
Section A – Short-answer items based on stimulus material
Section B – Short-answer items and an extended-response item – advocacy of viewpoints using stimulus material, and course knowledge and understanding.
Section C – Short-answer items and an extended response item – advocacy of viewpoints using stimulus material, and course knowledge and understanding.
Section D – Short-answer item and extended response item – evaluation of a viewpoint using stimulus material, and course knowledge and understanding.

Content – Our rights, our society, our world but with items linked to the other section, particularly Rights the law and the legal system

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