Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

Traditional, Inclusive, Supportive

Society and Ethics

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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 lead by three RS specialists; 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 aim to prepare students for knowledge required for the GCSE course and therefore teach units linked explicitly 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.

Units include:

  • Crime and punishment (Islam and Humanism)
  • Why is money important (PSHE)
  • Muslim beliefs
  • Do animals have rights (Christianity and Humanism)
  • Christian beliefs
  • Marriage and the family (Christianity and Humanism)

At key stage three we study Christianity, Islam and Humanism in preparation for the GCSE course. We also consider secular 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 during collapsed curriculum days. Topics covered are:

Religious Studies GCSE


  • Christian beliefs
  • Living a Christian life
  • Matters of life and death (Christianity)
  • Marriage and the family


  • Muslim beliefs
  • Living a Muslim life
  • Peace and conflict
  • Crime and punishment

PSHE & Citizenship – topics addressed in Flexible Learning Days

Sex education
Drugs and alcohol education

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.

GCSE Psychology

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.

This engaging and effective qualification introduces students to the fundamentals of psychology, developing critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.

Building on the success of our previous specification we’ve refreshed the topics and introduced the latest advances in the subject. We gained feedback from teachers to ensure it’s as clear, engaging and easy-to-use as possible.

Areas of study:

Research methods
Social influence
Language, thought and communication
Brain and neuropsychology
Psychological problems

How will I be assessed?

The assessments use multiple choice, short answer and extended writing/essays to assess knowledge, understanding, application and evaluation skills. Knowledge of research methods gained through classroom experience of practical psychology will be assessed using scenario-based questions.

The full course is a combination of unit 1 and unit 2. Unit 1- ‘cognition and behaviour’, provides the foundation for understanding Psychology. Unit 2 – ‘social context and behaviour’ develops knowledge further and provides a greater level of understanding of human psychology. The course is 100% examination at the end of Year 11.