Religious Education

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, 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 should be 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