Religious Education (RE) is important because it helps pupils understand our society and learn about the importance of mutual respect and valuing diversity. It reinforces modern British values and links to spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education. It helps pupils examine how we develop communities that are harmonious, and respectful of others, no matter what their beliefs, colour or background. RE is an important part of pupils’ wellbeing, helping them to understand who they are, and how faith and belief can determine and influence the culture they live in.
We follow the Telford & Wrekin agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Details of this syllabus can be found below.
Our Curriculum studies one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then includes
‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied.
Pupils encounter core concepts in religions and beliefs in a coherent way, developing their
understanding and their ability to handle questions of religion and belief. The teaching and learning approach has three core elements, which are woven together to provide breadth and balance within teaching and learning about religions and beliefs, underpinning the aims of RE
Teaching and learning in the classroom encompasses all three elements, allowing for overlap between elements as suits the religion, concept and question being explored.
These elements set the context for open exploration of religion and belief. They offer a structure through which pupils can encounter diverse religious traditions alongside non-religious worldviews – which reflect the backgrounds of pupils in our school. The elements present a broad and flexible strategy that allows for different traditions to be treated with integrity. These
elements offer a route through each unit while also allowing for a range of questions reflecting different approaches, for example, from religious studies, philosophy, sociology, ethics and theology.
To supplement this agreed syllabus, we have daily collective worship, regularly have visits from local faith leaders to share how important religious festivals are celebrated and hold our own celebrations in school for different religious festivals.
The Education Reform Act (1988) requires that RE should be taught to all pupils but parents do have a right to withdraw their child and may request that the pupil be excused from all, or part of, the RE provided. We at Priorslee Academy ensure that parents who wish to withdraw their children from RE are aware of the objectives and what is covered in the RE curriculum and that they are given the opportunity to discuss this, if they wish.
We see a positive impact on pupils’ attitudes and values as a result of RE Curriculum. Pupils develop a strong respect for diverse beliefs and are compassionate towards others. They demonstrate tolerance, empathy, and appreciation for different worldviews. Pupils show a commitment to social justice, ethics, and the well-being of others, making a positive contribution to society.
Pupils also learn to analyze and evaluate religious ideas and practices. They develop the ability to question and reflect on their own beliefs and values, making reasoned and independent judgments. Pupils become confident in expressing their ideas respectfully and engaging in thoughtful dialogue with others.
We aim to provide opportunities for pupils’ spiritual and moral development. Pupils reflect on their own place in the world and consider the bigger questions of life and existence. They develop a sense of awe, wonder, and reverence for the natural world and the diversity of human experiences. Pupils cultivate a moral compass and ethical awareness, understanding the impact of their actions on others.
We use RE as a powerful tool to promote community cohesion and social integration. Pupils learn to appreciate and celebrate religious and cultural diversity, fostering positive relationships within and beyond their school community. The wider community benefits from pupils’ understanding and respect for different religious beliefs and practices, breaking down barriers and promoting harmony.