Religion, Philosophy and Ethics for Advanced Performance Pupils 

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Hull Collegiate School inspires the highest academic standards and stretches the highest academic achievers through a focus on critical analysis and evaluation across all Key Stages. Nurturing the development of empathetic skills begins at Year 7 and continues through to the A level. This encourages an inclusive and empathetic approach to each human belief system studied. Philosophical and ethical discourse takes place throughout Years 7 to 9 on important contemporary social and global issues. Pupils also gain the opportunity to complete GCSE type extended debating essays, so that they are familiar with the format and have developed these debating skills in advance of the GCSE.Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Hull Collegiate School inspires the highest academic standards and stretches the highest academic achievers through a focus on critical analysis and evaluation across all Key Stages. Nurturing the development of empathetic skills begins at Year 7 and continues through to the A level. This encourages an inclusive and empathetic approach to each human belief system studied. Philosophical and ethical discourse takes place throughout Years 7 to 9 on important contemporary social and global issues. Pupils also gain the opportunity to complete GCSE type extended debating essays, so that they are familiar with the format and have developed these debating skills in advance of the GCSE.

We integrate sociological and anthropological approaches to belief systems across the Key Stages to gain an appreciation of where, how and why particular systems have evolved. An example would be the current United Nations ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. Pupils in Year 8 study the background and sociocultural developments that laid the foundations of its creation. They then critically evaluate the declaration and creatively attempt to justify the possibility of additions and amendments to it.  

Homework activities from Year 7 to 13 include independent research projects encouraging independent learning and research skills that will be essential for them in higher education. This can also incorporate the preparation of well evidenced and balanced debates.

For the GCSE and A level we run a ‘Gifted and Talented’ trip to Cambridge for the Academy Conferences. This affords them the opportunity to hear and interact with world renowned scholars from a variety of philosophical fields.

The GCSE stretches the most academically able with evaluations of both Christian and Islamic beliefs and practices. They develop well evidenced and balanced opinions throughout the course. Additionally the GCSE tackles controversial issues including human relationships and families, the rise of secularisation, war and conflict and the existence of God.

The A level provides an advantage for pupils applying to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as the philosophy topics are often used for questions in their university interviews. The thought processes required for philosophical discourse enhances the pupils ability to think laterally in order to tackle more complex and nuanced challenges.