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Welfare Education

Director of Learning - Miss R Long Email

Welfare Education comprises two main subject areas, PSHCE and Religious Studies (RS). Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is a compulsory part of the school curriculum and is delivered by form tutors and Directors of Learning alongside specialised staff and other outside agencies.

Religious Studies is taught by a department of qualified specialists to all students, from Years 7 to 11. The locally agreed Cheshire East syllabus for RE is followed.  In KS5 all Year 13 students attend a successful Peace Day held in September every year.  Speakers from a range of religious and secular organisations engage students in debate.



Students' PSHCE provision is delivered through extended registrations and 'Student Development Days'.    A wide variety of resources and activities are used to deliver the topics. Visitors from theatre groups, NHS staff, charities, local business people and the wider community are involved in the days.




20th Oct

5th Nov

2nd March

19th July


Bullying me

UK Parliament Week

All About Me

Eco Awareness


Living in the Community

Tea Party



GCSE Options

Law and Order

Staying Safe


Revision strategies

UK Parliament & Democracy

Sex and Stuff

Macclesfield Pledge and Career Enterprise


Target setting

Science Exams / Prom & Year book prep



Lancaster University webinar – why do an EPQ?

Study Skills

UCAS Convention

Citizenship Day


Personal statement webinar

Apprenticeship skills and knowledge – how to sell yourself

Future Paths



 Student Development Lessons / Registrations

Students in Years 10 and 11 follow a Student Development programme.   This covers the following topics, which contribute to students' provision of PSHCE:

  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Decision Making
  • Digital Resilience
  • Economic Wellbeing
  • Study Skills
  • Revision Skills


Religious Studies

Religious Studies is taught across all key stages by a dedicated team of specialist staff. RS gives students the opportunity to explore the role and significance of religion in society and the important beliefs and values that shape the world today. RS helps students understand the religious experience of others and the ways in which it gives adherents a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

RS is an important subject in itself, developing students' knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. RS provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops students' knowledge and understanding of religions and other worldviews that offer answers to questions such as these. RS also contributes to students' personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. RS also makes an important contribution to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic education (PSHCE education), the humanities, education for sustainable development and others. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others - individually, communally and cross-culturally.


The RS Department

Director of Learning: Welfare Education (PSHCE and RS)

Miss R Long

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator

Mr M Shaw

Teachers of RE

Mr S Keifer

Miss S O'Loughlin

Mr A Bennett












Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In Year 7 students have 2 hours of RS per timetable cycle and are usually taught in form tutor classes. In Years 8 and 9, students have 2 hours of RS per timetable cycle in mixed ability classes.

In Year 7 students start the course with a topic called 'Search for Meaning'. In this, they look at big questions of life, why are we here? How did the world begin? Why do people suffer? Students go on to explore key aspects in the final stages of Jesus' life, looking at the death and resurrection of Jesus. In summer term students learn about 'Special places' comparing different places of worship.

As part of the RS Year 8 curriculum, students study aspects of Jewish life focusing on Jewish beliefs, festivals and practices. In addition to this, students learn about Life and Beyond, looking at religious and secular beliefs about birth and death. As part of this topic visitors from local churches come into RS lessons to share their beliefs with students. Students study thematic topics such as Religion, Art and Culture, which includes looking at meaning and symbolism in music, film, literature and art.

The Year 9 curriculum tackles deeper questions of life and prepares students for their forthcoming GCSE course. Students study aspects of Philosophy, looking at arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil and ethical issues such as war and capital punishment. Students learn about the Buddhist faith and which links into their GCSE course.


Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

All students study a compulsory full course GCSE in RS which is taught over 4 hours per timetable cycle and is assessed by 2 exams at the end of Year 11.

Students study the following topics:

  • Buddhism - The Dharma, the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, worship and festivals
  • Christianity - worship and festivals, key beliefs, Christ and salvation
  • Role of the church in the local and wider community
  • Crime and punishment
  • Religion and life
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Relationships and families
  • Peace and conflict

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A level the study of RS continues to be a highly successful option for many students. Students follow aspects of Ethics and Philosophy in greater detail, building on the ethical foundations set by the GCSE course.

Religion and Ethics looks at different ethical theories, contrasted to religious ethics and then applied to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, animal testing and blood sports.   The Philosophy course entails a study of arguments for and against the existence of God, evil and suffering, miracles and the afterlife.