The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout our school day, through our school assemblies and also when dealing with behaviour in school. We encourage our students to distinguish right from wrong and help students to understand that living under the rule of law protects individuals.
In the Classroom
Religion and Social Science Faculty (RSS)
KS3 lesson visits from the Police and Fire Brigade. KS3 & KS4 lessons focus on consent, bullying, prejudice and discrimination.
At KS4 students explore a series of ethical considerations across different faiths throughout component 1. Arguments are developed for and against whether personal convictions contradict the law of a country.
BTEC Health & Social Care
students across L2 and L3 learn about key legislation that ensures the safety and welfare of individuals accessing care. Students on the L3 Diploma course attend work placements and have the opportunity to observe how these laws are implemented in practice.
KS4 and KS5 consider a range of ethical issues when using human and non-human participants, dealing with ethical issues, ethical issues arising for the application of psychology to real world applications. They also look at the role and the importance of the BPS and governing bodies within Psychology.
Students explore the reasons for social inequalities and how the law protects people from these inequalities. KS4 and KS5 students explore the impact of social policies on education, crime and families.
BTEC Applied Law
KS5 students study laws on murder, manslaughter, family law, theft, robbery, fraud, ABH, GBH, and assault and battery. Students also gain an understanding on how courts work and how laws are made.
Performing Arts Faculty
Focus on the Law in the Terry Dumpton Scheme of Work.
Aspects of media regulation, such as the role of the BBFC, Ofcom etc are taught.
Discussion of the laws relating to various aspects of genetic research, genetic modification and cloning, embryo use, organ donation and bone marrow donation.
Study how to reduce global warming and its impact. Realise that the laws on global warming are there to protect communities.
Discussion of nuclear power generation and use of radiation sources and the required legislation to ensure their safe use for all parties.
Crime and punishment is a theme that reoccurs throughout all key stages. Examples include change and continuity between Anglo-Saxon and Norman legal system and the reasons for various punishments in Victorian Britain. In addition key legislation such as the Human Rights Act are explored at KS5.
Unit 2 AS Politics focuses entirely on Government and the rule of law. The Constitution and EU Law are also intrinsic to the course.
Modern Foreign Languages Faculty
At KS5 MFL students explore, consider and discuss:
- Types of antisocial and criminal behaviour.
- Young people’s attitudes to and reasons for crime and antisocial behaviour
- Ways to reduce and prevent crime
- Types of deterrent and punishment
- Dictatorships and Monarchies (General Franco, King Felipe VI)
We organise school trips abroad and our students have to think carefully about their behaviour and about what is expected of them abroad. We compare our own laws with those in other countries.
Business ICT Faculty
At KS4 Business students gain knowledge on both consumer and employee legislation and how businesses need to comply with these legislations. At KS5 students study UK and EU law related to competition, the labour market and environmental legislation.
Students gain understanding on the impact of legislation on consumers, workers and producers (eg controls on anti-competitive practices, regulation of markets, Minimum/Living Wage, workers' rights, anti-discrimination legislation). They also the international economy and the place of the UK, and its financial institutions, in the world and within the EU. Anti-discrimination and Anti-trust legislation.
Students are taught about legislation (Computer Misuse Act, Data Protection Act, Copyright Designs & Patents Act) relating to ICT. They are encouraged to avoid plagiarism and acknowledge copyright in their work. E-safety is covered at KS3 & KS4 students learn how to behave and keep safe online.
Across the School \ Extra-curricular
- School and class rules for ‘behaviour’ and ‘behaviour for learning’ are promoted and consistently applied across the school.
- Assemblies from the Police and Fire Brigade.
- Safeguarding laws communicated regularly to students regarding how these British laws keep them safe (e.g. online safety, grooming, CSE, FGM, Forced Marriage etc.)
- The above also regularly communicated to staff when British law/legislation is changed or updated.
- Keeping Children Safe in Education document available to staff on the LP.