Mrs M Olmos - Learning Leader PsychologyMr D Aston – Psychology & Criminology Teacher & Acting Head of Year 9
Psychology and Criminology are subjects that are designed to ensure that all GCSE, A -level and Diploma students feel inspired to ask questions and search for scientific answers about the human brain and behaviour. Students are challenged to seek psychological knowledge remembering that every truth has four corners and their teachers give them only one corner, and it is for the students to find the other three. This design ensures understanding of psychological issues and debates worldwide, provides informed choices to students to encourage them to embrace but challenge the world we live in; developing forward thinking, resilient and curious individuals.
Psychology and Criminology are everywhere in every aspect of life: at personal and professional level. They answer the most important questions about human motivation and human behaviour. Mastering of psychological knowledge can unleash the human potential, creativity, solve the problems of mental health and prevent social injustice and wars. Through finding out about how and why human beings behave in the way they do, students can learn how to make this world a better place.
Psychology and Criminology enable students to develop self -awareness and the awareness of others as well as wider metacognitive skills. Psychological knowledge of theories, studies and concepts builds the bridge between the intellect and emotional and spiritual intelligence. Psychological debates develop students’ understanding of the complex world and social issues around as well as their own choices, attitudes and values. At Cox Green School, our intent, when teaching Psychology and Criminology, is to stimulate the students’ curiosity in order for them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all students, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year-by-year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all students. It is important that the students develop progressive skills of a psychologist throughout their time at Cox Green School and do not just learn a series of facts about the human mind and behaviour.
In Psychology and Criminology, students at Cox Green School, conduct their own experiments, think critically, find evidence, weigh it up considering its scientific status and reach their own conclusion. To do this successfully, students need to be able to research, interpret evidence, including primary and secondary data, and have the necessary skills to argue for their point of view; skill that will help them in their adult life.