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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Moral understanding and relationships

What does it mean?

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being
  • able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues


A flavour of where it is applied at Highdown


All subjects


Assessment and synthesis of different interpretations to reach a judgement, group work and behaviour expectations.


North American Totems – KS3 including history of native Americans


Ethics in business is discussed in some detail in Year 11.  Students are required to analyse the effect that unethical behaviour has on a business and the external environment.  


Styles of theatre such as ‘Forum Theatre’ are used to investigate restorative justice and looking at a moral dilemma from all angles before making an informed decision. 


Use of texts to discuss moral choices made by characters/ authors and discussion of what we might have done. Evaluating ideas presented in a text and the moral implications e.g. why do the boys kill Simon in Lord of the Flies?





People of faith and vision and Ethics units. Helping charities project. Y8. Animal rights, Environmental issues and Prejudice and Equality GCSE units in Y9.


GCSE units cover religious attitudes towards war, abortion, childhood, medical ethics, drugs, crime and punishment, euthanasia, poverty and wealth and the poor in the UK. Developing an understanding of issues, different perspectives and a personal response to these.


Fair Trade – Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12


Applying own morality and world views to historical ethical issues such as slavery and racism, empire, the Holocaust, war.


In a unit about e-safety KS3 students considered the consequences of a person hacking into another’s account and changing information about an individual.


The promotion of logical reasoning and analysis ensures that students can make clear decisions.  Functional maths activities allow students to express and discuss different views.