Introduction to Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Plashet School

Plashet is non-denominational school. RE is known as Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) and is intended to be suitable for all students. Learning in the department has a strong Philosophical and Ethical basis, in addition to the study of all six major world religions and consideration of other secular views.

Students are expected to show respect and understanding of the views of others and to reflect upon their own experiences. Our approach actively encourages our students to engage positively in wider society, religion and culture and, in this respect; it is designed to be of worth to pupils from any or no religious background. In developing the skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and empathy our aim is to bring learning to life and establish the qualities of critical-thinking, mutual respect, toleration, understanding and engagement with our community and wider society.

Curriculum Content


In KS3, your daughter can expect to study a wide range of Philosophy, Religion and Ethical topics including: the existence of God, animal rights, war and peace, Spirituality and Materialism. They will also study the Key beliefs in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism; they will be able to apply these key beliefs to philosophical themes and ethical questions. Enabling them to understand and reflect on the complex multi-faith society we live in. PRE at Key Stage 3 is based on the Newham Agreed Syllabus and the non-statutory National Curriculum Guidelines.


In Key Stage 4 all students study the AQA GCSE Religious Studies qualification. This is split into two papers:

Unit 2: Religion and life issues

In Year 11 all students will begin the Religion and Life Issues paper, studying this in one lesson per week. The paper considers, from different religious perspectives, society’s complex social and moral issues. Topics studied include Animal Rights, Planet Earth, Prejudice, Creation and Early Life, War and Peace and Religion and Young People.

Unit 4: Philosophy and Ultimate Questions.

In Year 10 all students will begin the Philosophy and Ultimate Questions paper, studying this in one lesson per week. This paper examines some key philosophical questions: the problem of evil and suffering, the arguments for the existence of God, miracles and divine revelation, immortality and the conflict between science and religion.

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