Religious Education (RE) is taught to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. RE is in place to support pupils to: engage in meaningful, informed and academic dialogue with those of other faiths and none, and; develop evaluative responses of their own to the questions and issues addressed in RE. The school’s RE lessons will be relevant to all pupils, regardless of their religious (or non-religious) background; inextricably linked with learning about religions; about the concepts in religions; concerned with the active response of pupils to what they are learning about; helping pupils to apply the meaning and significance of religious ideas to their own lives; give value to pupil’s own ideas and concern, sometimes challenging pupil’s own ideas and putting alternative views forward for consideration.
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 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. Teaching therefore 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 our society, with its diverse religions and 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.
Our RE Policy can be viewed here.
RE Progression Map: