The Ethics Department strives to encourage children to show an interest in diversity and the rituals and beliefs about the world in which we live. We want to engage and excite students about the main world religions, morality and philosophical thinking.  We believe that the study of Ethics is important to developing young people to think critically, act ethically and understand people’s differences through having an open mind and tolerance. Through this understanding of the world around us, our students will be better equipped to shape their choices for the future. The skills learned in Ethics will allow them to debate, discuss, evaluate and critically analyse. These skills will give young people a voice to be heard.

We aim to create the very best ethically aware community. We challenge students to think, act and speak like experts. We do this by quality first teaching which ensures students understand geographical principles and can apply them in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts form around the world.

The Ethics curriculum at The Heys School is designed to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging thought-provoking questions. Ethics asks deep and often searching questions about pertinent contemporary moral issues, delving deeper into their own views and beliefs by other faiths. The curriculum provides opportunities for collaborative working as well as independent learning. The Ethics curriculum will help to develop responsibility and respect for all aspects of diversity, whether it be social, cultural and religious, and prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.

In Key stage 3 assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students. Feedback is given to students about what they have done well and how they can improve.

In years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability classes, they receive one hour per week.

At Key Stage 4 students opt to study Religious Studies.  Religious studies students follow Eduqas  exam specification component A.  They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.


The Paper 1(50%) is examining ethical issues in the modern world looking at 4 topics;


  • End of Life
  • Relationships
  • Human Rights
  • Good and evil


Paper 2 (25%) examines Christian beliefs and practices.


Paper 3 (25%) examines Islamic beliefs and practices.


Students have 3 one hour lessons per week.


Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength.


Throughout their time at the Heys, students are taught the following key skills:


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:


  • Beliefs, practices and sources of authority
  • influence on individuals, communities and societies
  • similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs
  • Analyse and evaluate aspects of religion and belief, including their significance and influence

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the link below:


Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Religious Studies is Route A3 – including Component 3 Option 3: Islam C120P3


Long Term KS3 and 4 Scheme of Work



Year 7 Themes/Focus


Rites of Passage

Rules of Religion


Behaviours and Beliefs


Year 8 Themes/Focus


Conflict and Religion

Equality and Religion

Beliefs about God

Morals and Religion




Year 10 Themes/Focus


Beliefs and teachings of Christianity & Islam

Islam and Christianity beliefs in action


Year 11 Themes/Focus

Human rights

End of Life

Human relationships

Good and Evil

Yr11 open house intervention/exam prep at lunch times


Department produced revision guides, PLC and materials

We aim to nurture global citizens who explore complex issues of the past, present and future; to become resilient lifelong learners who have the skills, knowledge and values to succeed in a dynamic modern society.

Lead Practitioner: Mr M Jackson