This subject is a part of the curriculum for all students in every year. At Harrow Way, the Hampshire County Council based National Curriculum Syllabus Living Difference IV is followed. Parents need to be aware, however, of their right to withdraw their children from the subject and if they wish to do so, should contact the Headteacher in writing, so that suitable alternative arrangements can be made. It is not the purpose of the teaching in this subject to indoctrinate the views of any one faith, but to provide a framework within which to study the major aspects of what is implied in any faith. Students are shown how this can be worked out in practice, giving students the opportunity to develop and test their own beliefs against these standards, and to study moral and ethical questions in the light of a variety of faiths.
As clearly laid down by National Curriculum Criteria, Christianity has to occupy a central place within this teaching. In addition, students will be introduced in some depth to Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. As students progress through KS3 they will also be introduced to Social and Moral issues as the entire curriculum is interleaved with our SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) topics which enhance learning and education.