At The Ockendon Academy, we believe in providing opportunities for our students to achieve the best they can in all they do. Our curriculum is built on a number of principles:
Religious Studies and Modern Ethics
All students in years 7 and 8 study Religious Studies as part of their Humanities curriculum. In year 9, students move on to Modern Ethics, a non-examined course which addresses PSHE and SRE content.
This is taught in years 7 and 8 through Religious Studies and in year 9 through Modern Ethics. In years 10 and 11, the elements of PSHE not covered across other curriculum areas are delivered in ‘drop down days’, where student knowledge is developed throughout the Insight entitlement. In all year groups, the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ tutor curriculum, delivered through AM form sessions, also delivers large aspects of the PSHE curriculum.
All students receive careers interviews and are given specific and detailed advice and guidance on their choices for their futures. For more information about this, see the careers section of the website.
Sex and relationship education is compulsory from age 11 onwards. It involves teaching children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It is designed to ensure students are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships, particularly dealing with the challenges of growing up in an online world. Sex and Relationships Education is delivered through the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ tutor curriculum programme, as well as in Modern Ethics lessons in year 9.