The Purbeck School PRE Curriculum

Why Study PRE at The Purbeck School?

PRE is about people in our multi-cultural society and global world. People’s diverse beliefs, values, cultures, actions, and customs. PRE encourages students to be inquisitive, to step into other people’s shoes and learn about and from different beliefs and practices. PRE encourage students to discuss challenging questions about human life, beliefs, experiences, communities and global contexts. PRE encourages students to become Philosophers,  discover, explore and consider many different answers to questions about human identity, meaning and value of life for instance why are we here why do people do this and to continue on their own personal, moral, social and spiritual journey. PRE is very much concerned with the world to learn from the past but also the here and now, encouraging students to debate big issues, for example “Can war ever be justified?  Who is responsible for the environment?’

Above all, studying PRE is fun; it includes a wide variety of learning styles and activities which help students to figure out the how and why, to think outside the box. PRE encourages students to preserve in sometimes difficult topics of discussion, always allowing the opportunity for students to reflect, respond, weigh up what is right and wrong and respect each and everyone’s view point allowing them to be in a safe environment to explore difficult issues. PRE gives students many of the skills needed to equip them to stand on their own two feet outside the school gate, like empathy and respect for a range of views, critically analyse and problem solve, see things from a variety of perspectives, enabling students to develop in their own personal, moral, social and spiritual journey promoting and upholding tolerance and respect.

How is PRE taught?

  • KS3 – Students are taught in mixed ability classes for three hours each fortnight.
  • KS4 – GCSE- Students are taught in mixed ability classes for five hours each fortnight.
  • KS4- Core PRE- Students are taught in mixed ability groups

Rationale and ambition for The Purbeck School PRE curriculum:

  • Our PRE curriculum aims to encourage learners to ‘think like a Philosopher’ and question and analyse and have an inquisitive and investigative approach to the beliefs theories actions events and issues studied.
  • Our PRE Curriculum is inclusive and aims to offer suitable and accessible challenge to all students.
  • Our PRE curriculum aims to engage and challenge students through studying a diverse range of cultures beliefs practices events and issues with local, national and international significance, expanding their cultural capital.
  • Our PRE curriculum aims to develop empathetic and engaged citizens through focusing on beliefs events and issues with a challenging ethical or moral dimension, such as those relating to belief, practice, class, gender, race, intolerance and discrimination.
  • Our PRE curriculum encourages students to develop, and grow into mature individuals being aware of the diversity in human actions and beliefs within society and the wider community from the past to the present
  • Our PRE curriculum aims to support students in developing the confidence to carefully consider and express their views and opinions, whilst respecting the opinions of others, but challenging opinions which are intolerant or disrespectful.
  • Our PRE curriculum aims to inspire a passion for PRE within learners which ignites life-long interest in the subject continuing beyond academic achievement.
  • Our PRE curriculum aims to prepare students for work and life through the development of soft skills such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, public speaking and leadership. Studying PRE creates well-rounded people!

Key concepts:

The key concepts and skills that The Purbeck School PRE curriculum aims to support student progression based on skills needed for GCSE are:

AO1 Knowledge and Understanding of

  • Key religious and non-religious beliefs
  • Key religious beliefs from sources of authority
  • Contrasting beliefs and teachings
  • How beliefs influence people to act

AO2 evaluation and analysis of different beliefs, arguments, theories and practices  


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Long Term Overview


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