Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Society and Ethics

The Society and Ethics department at Neatherd aims to cover a diverse curriculum, consisting of lessons focussed on religion and belief, whilst making explicit links to PSHE and Citizenship.

We offer an explorative and student-led approach to Society and Ethics, which allows students to investigate their own beliefs and attitudes while at the same time learning to respect and understand those of others. We are a diverse and varied staff with an array of skills and headed by an RS specialist; we are dedicated to helping students express their own views while become more accepting of people in the world around them.

Key Stage 3
For Years 7 – 8, we take an enquiry-based approach to Society and Ethics. We consider fundamental questions of human existence from a variety of religious, non-religious and individual viewpoints whilst also teaching students personal, social and health education. Each unit is based on a question, such as:

  • Who are we?
  • Would Jesus be a Christian?
  • How do Islamic beliefs shape a Muslim’s life?
  • Why is money important?
  • How do I cope with change?
  • How have people changed the world?

The main religions we study in Key Stage 3 are Christianity and Islam, with all four other major world religions studied in line with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus. We also consider secular views, in particular Humanist views whilst answering key questions based on which topics are covered and students’ own interests. Students are encouraged to draw their own conclusions based on what they have studied.

Key Stage 4

All pupils in Years 9 - 11 follow the EdExcel full course RS GCSE, whilst engaging in fundamental PSHE and Citizenship education. Topics covered are:

Religious Studies GCSE

  • Believing in God
  • Marriage and the family
  • Matters of life and death
  • Religion and community cohesion
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Environmental and medical issues
  • Crime and punishment
  • Peace and conflict

PSHE & Citizenship

  • Morality and beliefs
  • Sex education
  • Identity, abortion, euthanasia
  • Britishness and governmental roles
  • Sources of moral authority
  • Looking after our planet
  • Drugs and alcohol education
  • Bullying

Whilst focus is placed on attainment of the RS GCSE qualification, we also recognise that young people are faced with many pressures and we want students to feel confident to deal with any issue or challenge that they may be faced with. Students' wellbeing is essential to their success in school and beyond. Students are encouraged to develop the skills to manage their personal issues effectively, to enhance their self-awareness and to be able to make decisions that are positive and healthy. 

Our aim here is to provide the facts, to give students real reflection time and help them to think very carefully about the consequences of the choices they might make in the future. We frequently guide students to sources of help and advice, and we work hard with well-respected outside agencies to ensure students receive a full package of support.


Psychology is a brand new and exciting subject that is available to every student of every ability level.

Why should you study it?

  • It is exciting!
  • It helps you understand the way the human brain works.
  • You get to do lots of practical experiments which are fun and engaging. These include experiments in how good your memory is, how much we can communicate without speaking, seeing how different behaviour can alter your mental state, invading ‘people’s personal space’ and many more!
  • It helps you to develop your investigation and report writing skills.
  • You will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills.

What will I learn about?

Our GCSE Psychology specification introduces concepts and methods used to explain human behaviour. This is looked into through models of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. These areas will allow students to get a good grasp of the subject, whilst also inspiring them to study Psychology further.

Areas of study:

  • How does our memory work?
  • How do we communicate non-verbally?
  • How does our personality develop?
  • Why do we use prejudice and discrimination?
  • Research methods for all of the above.
  • How do we learn?
  • What are we influenced by?
  • Does sex and gender alter our minds?
  • Where does aggression come from?

How will I be assessed?

The Full Course is a combination of Unit 1 and Unit 2. Unit 1 which looks into 'Making Sense of Other People', provides the foundation for understanding Psychology. Unit 2 elaborates from Unit 1 and looks at 'Understanding Other People'. 

The course is 100% examination at the end of Year 11.