Ethics, Philosophy and Citizenship

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Curriculum intent

Ethics, Philosophy and Citizenship (EPC) is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives now and in the future. EPC teaches our young people Citizenship (including British Values and Protected Characteristics), Religious Education, and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (including reference to careers). 

Our intent is to ensure that the pupils at Carlton le Willows Academy learn and develop skills and attributes to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.  

All students are taught Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (HE). This includes: 


  1. Families. 
  1. Respectful Relationships, including Friendships. 
  1. Online and Media. 
  1. Being Safe. 
  1. Intimate and Sexual Relationships, including Sexual Health. 
  1. The Law. 


  1. Mental Wellbeing. 
  1. Internet Safety and Harm. 
  1. Physical Health and Fitness. 
  1. Healthy Eating. 
  1. Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco. 
  1. Health and Prevention. 
  1. Basic First Aid. 
  1. Changing Adolescent Body. 

EPC is delivered and sequenced using three core themes: Living in the Wider World, Relationships, and Health and Wellbeing. The content delivered at KS3 (year 7, 8 and 9) is transferred and developed, so that the material and topics covered at KS4 (year 10 and 11) is transparent and salient.   

At Key Stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values that they acquired and developed during the primary phase. The KS3 curriculum acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence, and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills, which will equip our students for the opportunities and challenges of life, and learn how to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media. 

In years 10 and 11 (KS4), our pupils deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes and values acquired during the earlier years. The Key Stage 4 curriculum reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. In addition, teaching builds on the key stage 3 programme of study to deepen pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. 

At Carlton le Willows we aim for the delivery to be age appropriate and respond to issues raised by the community, safeguarding team and pastoral support. This is why, at Carlton le Willows, we deliver the empirically validated Healthy Minds Curriculum- designed based on adolescent and neurological development and takes a spiral approach so that the learning builds and strengthens over time. 

How does Carlton le Willows Healthy Minds Curriculum fulfil statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education? 

Resilience is the key to personal development. Evidence proves that resilience increases our ability to overcome setbacks, make the most of opportunities and thrive in life. These underpin all aspects of life, including risk, how we express ourselves and how we relate to others. 

The competencies described below are the outcomes that are achieved by learning and using the resilience skills. The more the skills are practiced, the more developed the competency. These together underpin the specific requirements for Relationships and Health Education.