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Belief and Ethics

We are the old “RE” department.  We have changed our name to recognise the beliefs of many of our students. While we study the beliefs of the six main world religions we also cover the views of those who are unsure about religion and atheists. Our aim is to open students' minds to a range of views that are not their own. We believe that it is important to understand the reasons behind opinions and to investigate how they can affect people's behaviour.

Religious Education is a statutory requirement and all our students study the subject up to and including Year 11. We study the GCSE Philosophy and Ethics course in Key stage 4. This is a “Short” course and some of our students opt to go on and do a full course, adding some units of Philosophy.

Discussion is at the heart of our work and students are encouraged to engage in debates on issues such as: how was the world created? Is there life after death? Students learn to analyse other people’s views at the same time, evaluating their own. Throughout their time at EBHS we aim to expose students to religious places of worship and to speakers who can give an insight into a range of beliefs.

Our syllabus is as follows:

  • Year 7 – an examination of the six main world religions. An introduction to Philosophical debate and thinking skills.
  • Year 8 – What are ethics? Religious and personal responses to topics including equality and war. Students will have the opportunity to visit the Hindu temple at Neasden and the London Central Mosque.
  • Year 9 – prejudice and discrimination, learning from the genocides of the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia and Dafur.  We have a visit from a Holocaust Survivor.
  • Year 10 - An in depth study of Christianity, understanding that Christianity is at the core of British beliefs and values. We also look at Christian responses to human relations and matters of life and death. In year 10 there is an opportunity to visit Auschwitz in Poland.
  • Year 11 –Follows the final year of the old GCSE course, we study medical ethics including Science v Religion and Life after Death.
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