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Magis Curriculum (RSE, PSHE, Citizenship, Careers, Enrichment)

‘Magis’ is a Latin word meaning more or greater. At St Ignatius College it describes those elements of learning which lie outside of the academic, examination-based subjects. This includes the delivery of statutory and compulsory learning – relationships and sex education (RSE); personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE); careers education; and Citizenship – alongside the extra-curricular enrichment opportunities on offer at the College.

Magis equips pupils with a well-rounded and essential quotient of knowledge and skills. Learning about financial literacy, relationships, self-care and healthy lifestyles provides a sound understanding of risk, and the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We seek to foster students’ awareness and understanding of, and participation in, democracy, government, the legal system, human rights and volunteering, thus preparing students to play a full and active part in society as responsible citizens. Due to the nature of the subject, Magis provides many opportunities for questioning, investigation, and debate – all of which are critical for many of the examined subjects at GCSE and beyond – and for students to critically explore political, social and personal issues, weigh evidence and make reasoned arguments.

The Magis programme is key to our delivery of cura personalis (care for the whole person) and to students’ management of their own personal development, thus allowing them to go on to compete and thrive in the wider world.

KS3 – 1 hour weekly lesson + 12 drop-down periods throughout the year + 3 drop-down days for each year group.

KS4 - 12 drop-down periods throughout the year + 3 drop-down days for each year group.

KS5 - 12 drop-down periods throughout the year + 3 drop-down days for each year group.