Religious Education (RE) is a statutory subject, and all pupils, in all schools and at all key stages should receive a high quality education in RE.
RE plays a central role in a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable students to participate fully in a multi-religious and multi-secular world. It aims to enable young people to hold informed and balanced conversations about worldviews, religion and beliefs. It provides a safe environment where pupils can explore their own ideas and learn to evaluate the opinions of others. Whilst a greater emphasis is placed upon the Christian faith in RE in church schools, it is important that young people experience the diversity of lived religion.
We encourage all our schools to go beyond the statutory requirements for RE, and deliver high quality, challenging lessons. Secondary schools are encouraged to participate in an RE Ambassador scheme, training older students to go to primary schools to give presentations about matters of faith and belief.
Anne Andrews - ODBE RE Adviser
email Anne Andrews tel: 07884 655097