The R.E. curriculum area enables students to explore fascinating questions relating to ethical behaviour, morality and spirituality. Students are given opportunities to investigate a wide range of religious teachings and secular worldviews, and to address issues such as the existence of God, the afterlife, authority, conflict, justice and charity. Lessons help students to develop many important life skills and to develop their understanding of the people and the world in which we live. Through the careful and sensitive consideration of different cultures, belief systems, traditions and moral issues, students learn to understand and respect the similarities and differences that exist within local and global communities.
R.E. helps to develop successful and independent learners by posing life's greatest questions and giving all students the opportunity for self-reflection; to develop their own opinions and beliefs, to respond to contemporary moral and ethical issues, to challenge themselves and to ultimately understand more about themselves and others.
R.E. not only contribute to the spiritual and moral development of our students, but it is also a rigorous, academic subject, with consistently high expectations for student attainment. Furthermore, as the teaching of R.E. is always unbiased, there is a place for all pupils, of whichever faith and none, in lessons.
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In their R.E. lessons students will develop their knowledge and understanding of human behaviour and its consequences for other human beings, as well as developing a greater awareness of the world in which we live.
Lessons will not only develop subject specific knowledge as students learn about religions and other beliefs systems, but also promote a wider range of skills and attributes, as reflect on their own beliefs and values.
Examples of how students may benefit from their R.E. lessons are listed below:
We have a number of dedicated, professional and fully qualified staff in the R.E. Department, all of whom are passionate about teaching the subject and the contribution that it makes to the whole curriculum.
Lessons are taught in well-equipped and comfortable classrooms, equipped with interactive facilities or a projector and a wide range of quality resources, ranging from excellent detailed textbooks and religious artefacts, to subject specific software.
We also have access to ICT facilities which can be utilised by staff for lessons which require computer access.
Key Stage 4:
At Key Stage 4, students continue their studies in R.E. and complete a full course GCSE qualification. There is no coursework element to the GCSE Religious Studies course, with assessment taking place by written examination at the end of the course.
As part of the GCSE Religious Studies course, students develop their knowledge and understanding of different faiths and a wide range of moral and ethical issues. They have opportunities to investigate and explore areas such as:
Through their studies in this curriculum area, students are able to:
The R.E. Department understands the rich contribution that learning outside of the classroom can make to a student's education. The Department therefore strives to create enrichment opportunities for students, including an Interfaith Council, a Spirited Arts Club, and regular entry to competitions in order to engage students in this subject and all it has to offer.
The Department also provides a range of revision and support classes for Key Stage 4 students. These are held at the end of the Academy day and during some holidays, and are aimed at helping all students to fulfil their academic potential in the subject.
The study of R.E. allows learners to develop a variety of valuable and transferable skills which pave the way to a wide variety of different careers paths or areas of further study. Some examples of careers that use skills developed in R.E. are:
Accountancy, Administration, Archaeology, Architecture, Broadcasting, Civil Service, Diplomatic Service, Drama, Theatre and the Performing Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Finance, Information Management, Media, Medicine, Teaching, Public Relations, Journalism, Law, Police, Politics, Publishing, Sales and Marketing, Tourism, Town Planning, TV Research, Social Work,… to name just a few!
The qualifications gained in R.E. lessons are highly regarded by many employers and universities, as the wide range of skills and knowledge provided allows the student to develop as an individual. Most universities offer courses in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology for students who are interested in pursuing this subject at a higher level.