As a student, I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the learning process of the previous syllabus - a syllabus that helped students like me to understand the role religion plays in an individual’s life; how religions have similarities and differences and how religion also plays a vital part in political, environmental and social affairs.
However, as everything in the world develops, the new syllabus has been enhanced, in order to provide students with the highest quality Religious Education.
Generally, we study a range of subjects at school, but only a few tend to stay with you for the rest of your career. Religious Education is one of the few subjects we study at school that benefit us for the rest of our lives. Personally, Religious Education has not only widened my knowledge of several religions around the world, but has also helped me prepare myself for the world of work. I can say with full confidence, that when I start my first job, I will be able to understand and accept other peoples’ ideas, viewpoints, religions and cultures with greater respect and understanding and I will be able to give all the credit for that to my Religious Education.
There are several other purposes of Religious Education. It allows students to express their opinions; teaches them to contribute to their communities; gives them political, social, ethical and environmental knowledge; provokes challenging questions; prepares them for future experiences and responsibilities; teaches them how culture affects religion; and most importantly, how to respect other people.
These are just some of the main benefits of Religious Education. There are many more! This was just from the previous syllabus; imagine how much more the 2016 syllabus has in store! Deepened understanding of religions; influences of modern technology on religious practice and religious diversity to name just a few…
Lastly, I would like to thank all those who have participated in creating the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016. I am sure it will provide students with a deeper understanding of religion and will give them many more reasons to love Religious Education!
The St. Lawrence Academy, Scunthorpe
The Interminable Conversation by Professor Julian Stern
Nel Noddings' quotation
"The most important function of education … is to produce better people. That’s the idea: to produce better people. People say, ‘Well, what do you mean by ‘better’ people?’ I say ‘That is a question that should always be open’, and they say, ‘Well, you’d be in an interminable discussion’. And I say ‘Yes, that’s right, it would be interminable’, which doesn’t mean you never get anywhere. You become more and more enlightened, but it never ends.!
(Quoted from Julian Stern, Virtuous Educational Research, 2016)
Purpose and aims of RE
Why teach religious education? Yes, it is statutory, but what contribution does it make to the holistic education of pupils?
Skills and processes in RE
Which skills are central to religious education?
Qualities to be fostered in RE
What are the fundamental qualities related to the learning that stems from RE?
RE, British values and SMSC
How does RE contribute to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and help to answer the question: What does it mean to be British?
Religious literacy is the knowledge of, and ability to understand religion. The importance of young people being religiously literate is increasing as globalisation creates greater links and migration between societies of different faiths and cultures.