The main aim of Religious Education is to encourage respect for all beliefs and cultures as well as helping to promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, physical and cultural development. The teaching of RE is a legal requirement under the Education Act (1996) which requires that:
RE should be taught to all pupils in full-time education in school except for those pupils withdrawn at the request of their parents (details to be found in DCSF publication).
The Importance of RE:
- RE should develop the pupil’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity, the other principal religions and their traditions.
- RE should enhance pupil’s awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and practices, forms of expression, family life, communities and cultures.
- RE should offer opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
- RE should encourage pupils to learn from different religious beliefs, values and traditions.
- RE encourages pupils to develop a sense of belonging and identity.
- RE enables pupils to flourish within their communities as well as individually as citizens in a multicultural, pluralistic and global society.
- RE is important in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning
- RE helps students to show respect, kindness, tolerance towards others, including animals and wildlife.
- RE enables pupils to become more aware of ethical and moral issues within the community and society as a whole.
- RE is also important in helping our students to express their feelings, thoughts and in helping them to make choices and decisions.
For our pupils on Early Years, Nurture & Engagement and Life Skills & Practical Skills Pathways, the curriculum is presented throughout the day, through play and daily routines with opportunities for 1:1 and group work which takes full account of personal, social and emotional development.
Pupils within Key Stage 2 / 3 Academic Pathway have a timetabled RE lesson once a week. The syllabus is based on the EQUALS Curriculum. For all pupils there are RE learning opportunities through themed days, events and celebrations, including our annual Harvest Festival and a Multi-Faith Day.