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Broadwater School

Philosophy, Religion & Ethics


Teacher: Miss Tabitha Pollard (

Department: HUMANITIES

Humanities Subject Leader: Miss Alice Livingstone

Philosophy, Religion & Ethics is an exciting and dynamic subject that students fully embrace at Broadwater. Much more than learning about different religions, our students will develop knowledge, and understanding through our big ideas of conflict, morality and society. The transferable skills of evaluation, challenge and support for arguments enables our students to become critical thinkers in a range of disciplines. 

In PRE, we encourage a lot of active discussion and debate based upon a range of contemporary issues that affect people around the world. At Broadwater, we aim to encompass as many faiths from around the world in addition to looking at a number of non-faith based ideas on major modern issues.

Our aim is for students to develop interest and enthusiasm for the study of world views and enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website

Extra curricular learning:

The humanities department is offering a cross-curricular trip to Poland this year for year 10 students. Our students have also had opportunities such as speaking to visitors from the clergy and an upcoming trip to a mosque. 

British Values 

British Values


Within the humanities subjects, we foster a sense of interest and pride in British values and what it means to be British. The humanities subjects are well placed to support students’ understanding of the British values.

In history, we teach about Britain’s role as a global power and how attitudes have changed towards democracy, society, race and conflict. Our curriculum strives to highlight diverse history and explain the context for Britain’s modern society today.

In geography, we discuss migration and population in the modern world. Students are encouraged to look beyond headlines and examine facts to identify that Britain has been built by fairness, tolerance and acceptance of migrants moving here to build a better life and make positive contributions to British society.

As a multi faith society, philosophy, religion and ethics (PRE) has a crucial role to play in upholding the key British value of freedom of expression. Students study the major religions as well as posing ethical and philosophical questions to challenge, understand and reflect on their own and others’ ideas.

We believe that through the teaching in humanities, students can effectively explore what their role is in a modern and rapidly changing society.  This in turn enables our students to become pillars of society and ensure that we are educating students for life.

British Values in humanities will enable students to

  • Distinguish right from wrong
  • Allow them to contribute to society
  • Acquire knowledge of the way Britain works outside the classroom
  • Ensure students can demonstrate and promote tolerance and empathy amongst a range of traditions, cultures and religions
  • Respect one another
  • Understand their role in society and democracy

Key Stage 3 

Click HERE to see the Key Stage 3 Philosophy, Religion & Ethics Curriculum Map – 2023-24

Click HERE to see Key Stage 3 PRE course reader

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4, all students will study RE for one period each week. This not only satisfies the requirements of the Surrey Agreed Syllabus, but also offers students the chance to actively discuss very practical day-to-day issues that affect their own choices. The course will make a significant contribution to students’ spiritual and moral development and will enable them to develop their reasoning skills which are essential throughout their lives.

Click HERE to see the Broadwater - Key Stage 4 Philosophy, Religion & Ethics Curriculum Map- 2023-24

Click HERE to see Key Stage 4 PRE course reader

Two year/Three Year KS 4 Programme