CARE Curriculum Introduction

We want all students at OIEA to have the opportunity to grow and develop into highly valued citizens of Ilkeston in society. Through our CARE Curriculum we aim daily to empower our students to develop their character aligned with Academy values, British values, and personal development experiences. We share in the important obligation of developing our student’s character with parents and carers, family and society.

Our Academy values that underpin our CARE Curriculum are:

These values also promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Tolerance of Different Cultures and Religions, Mutual Respect, and Individual Liberty. While everyday provides the opportunity to experience all of these values the taught elements of our CARE Curriculum enable students to fully understand themselves and develop the skills and abilities to embed these values within their families and communities.

We are passionate about the development of the whole child and our CARE Curriculum provides extensive opportunities for character education and personal and spiritual development. Our tutor time programme gives time to ensure that our students can develop in the way we want them too and develop in responsible British citizens that CARE about the society they live in.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) helps pupils to develop the knowledge, builds self-esteem, resilience, empathy and many other skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making informed decisions to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.

These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

Care Curriculum Lead

Dr Laing
email: [email protected]
phone: 0115 9303724

Votes for Schools

VotesforSchools is a weekly current affairs-based voting platform designed to engage young people in political and social issues. Through weekly discussion and voting, not only are voters learning about the world around them, but they are also becoming active citizens and preparing for participating in our democratic processes as adults.

At 4pm every Friday, the latest VoteTopic goes live! You can check out the website to see the topics students will vote on. 

Skills Builder

Skills Builder Partnership is a global movement of employers, educators, and impact organisations working together to ensure that one day, everyone builds the essential skills to succeed. At Key Stage 3 we focus each half term on developing essential skills aligned to the  Skills Builder Universal Framework – a transformative approach to building the essential skills of individuals throughout their lives, in education for employment.

Essential skills unlock learning in the classroom which is why we focus on speaking, listening, team work, creativity, problem solving, aiming high. Delivered in the classroom as part of the CARE Curriculum. A full overview of the curriculum content is found in the Curriculum Overview Document linked below.  

RE (Year 10 and Year 11)

RE at OIEA shapes pupils into thoughtful, understanding citizens that are aware of the multicultural society in which they live. Religious Education at OIEA teaches students to develop an understanding and respect for different groups within society and appreciation of their beliefs and practices but also to articulate their own views, which are equally valid. It encourages pupils to be curious and inquisitive about the deeper philosophical meanings and questions of religions and enthuses them to reflect on their own personal beliefs, morals and values in a positive, supportive and safe environment. No student is expected to have a particular religious view, this subject is designed for those of any faith and of none.

We help students to understand that in all jobs you need to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and different faiths, beliefs, views or perspectives. Being able to understand, empathise and work together is crucial in the world of work. Religious Education gives the skills required in a variety of jobs such as: working in the NHS; the civil service; youth and social work, advertising, investment and banking, law, politics, business, the creative industries, the charity sector and NGOs, publishing and journalism, and education.

Head of RE

P Wyke

email: [email protected]

phone: 0115 9303724

CARE Friday Awareness Days 

CARE Fridays are our way of developing students awareness of the World around them and preparing them for the future careers they will go on to pursue after OIEA.

Care Fridays incorporate careers and awareness days such as LGBTQ, International Women’s History Month, bullying into the curriculum and is crucial as it promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of diversity. Our aim is to develop students’ social and emotional awareness, and encourage them to consider future career options that align with their values and interests. A full list of our CARE Friday curriculum content is found in the Curriculum Overview Document linked below.  

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

In accordance with the guidelines surrounding RSE students are taught the following topics at each key stage

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the RSE provided at the academy except for those parts deemed as compulsory and included in the statutory National Curriculum.

If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from RSE lessons, they should put in writing which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in and send this to the academy addressed to the Head of PSHE. The academy always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard and will provide appropriate sources of information for parents who wish to withdraw their children.

If a parent withdraws their child from topics that are not included in the statutory National Curriculum then the academy will make alternative arrangements for the student.