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Philosophy for learning

Philosophy for learning

Philosophy for learning (P4L) is unique to The Academy at Shotton Hall. It encompasses religious studies, personal, social and health education, citizenship and careers.

Philosophy for learning (P4L) is unique to The Academy at Shotton Hall. It encompasses Religious Studies, Citizenship,  Personal, Social and Health education and Careers.

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is varied, with each year group following units from the different subject areas included in P4L. As part of the RE elements of the course students will explore Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Students will also have the opportunity to examine the Indian religions through the exploration of different views about Life after death. As part of the Citizenship elements of the course students will explore their Rights and Responsibilities within Modern Britain as well as looking at the UK's political systems. A number of PSHE and Careers subjects will be explored such as bullying and how to make good choices with regards to GCSE options. 

At Key Stage 4 students have the option of GCSE religious studies which includes the exploration of Christianity, Islam and philosophy and ethics, or GCSE citizenship, which explores the UK's political systems as well as the UK's legal and criminal justice systems.

Those students who do not opt for P4L will complete a non-GCSE course which includes elements of religious education, citizenship, PSHE and careers units.  

All students are offered careers information, support and advice; from completing application forms and writing CVs to individual career interviews; from further education and employer visits to school-based information fairs.

I find it interesting learning about the different things that people believe in that I haven’t necessarily thought about myself.
Year 10 student

Curriculum information

You can download a breakdown of the learning outcomes and topics we teach below or you can click to access further information on the syllabus followed in Years 10 and 11 at Key Stage 4.

I feel that P4L is enjoyable because of many reasons, the primary reason being the ability to express your own personal views
Year 11 student