POLICY ON RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
In accordance with the Education Reform Act and Circular 1/94 our curriculum includes provision of religious education for all pupils. This religious education will reflect the fact that the religious traditions of our country are in the main Christian. However, we also include in our curriculum, the teaching and practices of other main religions.
- To provide an understanding of the religious dimension of life.
- To explore one’s need for purpose and meaning in life.
- To promote an awareness of the practical consequences of religious belief.
- To build up an awareness of the relevance of people’s religious experience to modern life.
- To encourage an understanding of the contributions of all world religions, particularly Christianity, to the development of human culture and community.
- To develop a balanced and enquiring attitude, leading to awareness and understanding of the needs and problems of others.
- To promote understanding and tolerance of other people’s belief and ideas.
- To allow those who wish to do so to study the subject at an academic level (GCSE/’A’ level) appropriate to their ability
- The Agreed Syllabus for RE is provided by the LA and is the responsibility of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). The School will comply with the requirements as they arise year-on-year.
- Religious Studies staff members are the providers of Core RE in years 10 and 11. The topics covered throughout the course vary, but there is an explicit Christian contribution through areas such as the exploration of the value of the individual in society and the problem of suffering. Christian values are implicit in topics which examine an ethical basis for behaviour and values in a consumer society.
- Religious Studies makes a significant contribution to the School through events like Founders’ Day, Festivals, Carol Service activities.
- Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education, but appropriate work will be substituted.
- The subject does not make assumptions about, or pre-conditions for, the personal commitments of teachers and children
This policy is designed with that on Collective Worship and others to help achieve the fundamental aims of the School which are to meet the spiritual, moral, academic, cultural and physical needs of every pupil.