As a school, we follow the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
This new RE Syllabus for Leicestershire pupils establishes what shall be taught in RE in Leicestershire schools and provides teachers with practical support and guidance about how to teach RE effectively.
RE also makes significant contributions to pupils’ ability to engage with ideas about British values, such as tolerance and respect for people who hold varied beliefs and world views, in line with the HMI inspection focus on SMSCD and RE from September 2014.
The purpose of RE
- 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, ultimate reality, 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.
- Teaching therefore equips pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities.
- It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society, with its diverse religions and worldviews.
- Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They should learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
The principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
The aims of RE
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
2. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
3. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.
Right to withdraw
Although RE is very different now – open, broad, exploring a range of religious and non-religious worldviews. Parents still have the right to withdraw their children from RE/RME on the grounds that they wish to provide their own religious education. (School Standards and Framework Act 1998 S71 (3)). This will be the parents’ responsibility.