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Year 10 Society and Ethics

Society and Ethics Year 10 Curriculum Overview

What is the Year 10 Society and Ethics curriculum aiming to achieve?

What do we want our Year 10 students to be like?

How are we building on prior learning?

How can parents/carers support their child’s learning?

  • Informed
  • Make safe decisions
  • Critical thinkers
  • Inclusive
  • Self-aware
  • Thinking of the future



  • KS3 RSHE learning on healthy relationships, sexual health, online safety and making safe decisions
  • KS3 Careers learning on personal skills and qualities, job research, employability
  • KS3 learning on active citizenship, being part of a society
  • KS3 RS learning on world religions and viewpoints
  • Discuss your child’s online behaviour
  • Have open discussions about relationship values
  • Discuss your child’s ideas for the future. Tell them about your job and skills and introduce them to others. Help your child find a suitable work experience placement
  • Encourage your child to take part in extracurricular activities in and outside of school to broaden skills


How are we organising the Year 10 Society and Ethics curriculum?


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Drugs and Alcohol

Religious Studies and Ethics

The Workplace and Work Experience







Rights and Responsibilities


Threshold Concepts


Understanding of the law and facts surrounding substance misuse

Understanding the relationship between experience, belief, practise and values and how they affect people’s lives.

An understanding of behaviours and safety in the workplace



Recognise the features of healthy and unhealthy relationships including revisiting consent

Understand how to keep healthy

Understand that online content can lead to distorted views of healthy relationships

An understanding that humans have rights

That rights often come with responsibility





Researching skills

Discussion in balanced fashion

Comparing and explaining own beliefs to that of faith/ non faith groups

Evaluation and debating skills

Researching skills



Listening, sensitivity and balanced discussion skills


Awareness of the wider world issues; active concern

Challenging viewpoints

Enrichment within

the curriculum

All of the society and Ethics aspects (RSHE, Citizenship, RS and Careers) are augmented using the tutor programme, additional sessions and assemblies. Careers and futures speakers and discussions are regular features of tutor times and assemblies. RS activities are part of the tutor programme. Additional sessions on personal finance are included in Year 10.

Cross curricular links


The Society and Ethics curriculum has links with many other subjects such as:

  • RS (world religions and cultural viewpoints, human rights
  • Science (contraception and health)

Extra-curricular opportunities

Year 10 are encouraged to undertake the bronze Duke of Edinburgh scheme to foster independence, decision making skills and active citizenship.

Year 10 will normally undertake work experience in order to understand the protocols of the workplace.


What are the intended outcomes of the Year 10 Society and Ethics curriculum?


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Opportunities to show progress (Assessments)

Assessment is through self-reflection ad extensive discussion. Students are encouraged to gauge their knowledge and skills prior to the unit of work and again at the end. Discussion of the contents and outcomes of the unit allow students to feel confident in their knowledge and develop the skills to question and explore further.

Impact on personal development (SMSC)

RSHE is essential to personal development. It allows age appropriate discussion in a safe environment to explore ideas and garner information. Students will look at scenarios and risks and be able to understand consequences in a controlled way. By Year 10 students are ready for more detailed discussion surrounding sexual relationships and harmful behaviours both on and offline and external influences.

Preparation for the next stage of education

The RSHE, citizenship and careers curriculum builds in complexity as students move through the school and become more aware of issues outside the bubble of education. It is planned to allow age-appropriate discussion and exploration of relationships, health, sex and online safety; becoming more in-depth as they mature and develop.