Religious Education (RE)

Statement of Intent - the importance of Religious Education:

Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of life and death and issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.

In RE they learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Every pupil has a statutory entitlement to Religious Education as it makes a distinctive contribution to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the role and significance of religion in society and the important beliefs and values that shape the world today.

Religious Education helps pupils understand the religious experience of others and the ways in which it gives adherents a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

The exploration:

  • supports pupils in their own search for meaning and purpose in life
  • helps pupils develop their own beliefs, values and ideals
  • provides a safe and secure environment for pupils to challenge prejudices and misconceptions
  • encourages tolerance and respect for themselves and for other people
  • enables pupils to be discerning so that they can make informed choices about systems of belief whether faith based or secular
  • encourages pupils to recognise and celebrate diversity in society
  • enhances pupils’ understanding of history, art, music, literature and the media.

 

NB It is not the intention of Religious Education to promote the beliefs of any one religion/religious denomination or worldview.

Implementation

Teaching should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse religions and secular worldviews.

Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.

 

The curriculum for RE should aim to ensure that all pupils:

Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • describe, explain, evaluate and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
  • identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
  • appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.

 

Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
  • express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
  • appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview.

 

Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:

  • find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
  • enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
  • articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.