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
- Action The UK and the wider world
- Democracy and government
- Rights, the laws and the legal system
Features of your Citizenship Course
- 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.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of citizenship concepts, terms, and issues
Apply Knowledge and understanding of citizenship concepts, terms and issues to contexts and actions.
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%
|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)
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)
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