All pupils have one Ethics lesson per week. The Ethics lesson comprises Careers, Religious Education and PHSE.
Year 7 – Lessons take place in the spring term and encompass the following themes:
• Career: Understanding the meaning of the term Career. Recognising that a career is not just a job but the sum total of paid and unpaid work, learning and life roles as you progress through life.
• Transition: Understanding that transitions, or changes, occur at different points throughout people’s careers and lives. Exampled by moving from primary to high school, as part of an individual’s career. Focus is placed on coping with transition.
• People: Understanding similarities and differences between everybody, accepting that we can all be different and yet still have commonalities.
• Gender Stereotyping: Understanding the negatives of gender stereotyping and generalisation.
• Money: Awareness of planning and budgeting.
Year 8 – Lessons take place in the autumn term and encompass the following themes:
• Community: Understand that community can have a variety of meanings, ie. Shared interests, living environment, beliefs, work. Identification of the range of paid employment within a particular community. Influence and stereotypes.
• Local: Borough of Great Yarmouth – Local community, local industry, local employment, local economy – forging a greater understand of the area.
• Money: Understanding that there is a difference between need and want. Learning about income and budgeting.
• Development: Learning to feel positive about themselves and able to understand and describe personal qualities and dispositions.
Year 9 – Lessons take place in the autumn term and encompass the following themes:
• Skills: Understanding the links between learning and career pathways. Understanding that a range of different skills are required for a range of different jobs.
• Decisions: Determining what is partial and impartial advice. To be able to identify reliable sources of careers information. Decision making techniques and having a back-up plan.
• People: Understanding gender stereotypes and making choices based on reliable information.
• LMI: Understanding what Labour Market Information, what market trends are and how it can help inform career plans.