RE is concerned with an exploration of the important aspects of life and what it’s like to be human. It provides opportunities for pupils to ask questions, seek answers and develop ideas in a quest to discover more about their own identity and that of others. RE can provide a context for the exploration of moral and ethical opinions and dilemmas by learning about lifestyles and behaviour. It can help our pupils to understand the power and meaning of belief and religion for individuals and communities in the United Kingdom and across the world.
Our programme is based on the Gateshead Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Recent legislation states that the teaching in this area must be broadly Christian but promote understanding and awareness of other faiths. As we live in a multi-cultural society we feel that our teaching should reflect this along with a strong emphasis on moral teaching and values.
Assemblies – technically termed ‘daily acts of collective worship’ – are a legal requirement. Like RE, our assemblies promote values which will help everyone to lead happy, healthy and harmonious lives. These values complement and reinforce all faiths; they tend to promote positive relationships and self-awareness, for example.
Does my child need to be taught RE or attend assemblies?
Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and assemblies. However, because of the benefits of RE within a broad and balanced, inclusive curriculum, we hope that any who may wish to do so will contact the school to discuss any matters of concern before making such a decision. Please arrange to speak with the headteacher about this.