RE CONTENT OVERVIEW
RE provides a key context to develop young people’s understanding & appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values & to challenge racism & discrimination. Effective RE supports:
- The school community – provide a positive context within which the diversity of cultures, beliefs and values can be celebrated & explored.
- The local community – investigate patterns of religious diversity & forge links with different groups in the local area.
- The UK community – the study of religious diversity in the UK & how this influences national life.
- The global community – study matters of global significance recognising their impact on world issues.
Opportunities to promote respect for others, challenge stereotypes & build understanding of other cultures & beliefs. This contributes to promoting a positive & inclusive school ethos that champions democratic values & human rights in modern Britain.
We promote fundamental British values, defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty & respect, tolerance for those with different beliefs.
(Promoting fundamental British Values as part of SMSC in school, 2014)
Spiritual, moral, social & cultural Development:
The National Curriculum in England 2014 states that every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced & broadly based and which ‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social mental and physical development of pupils and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.
In terms of SPIRITUAL development, OFSTED expects this to be shown a pupils’
- Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Willingness to reflect on their experiences (OFSTED JULY 2014)
Personal development & well being
RE plays an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment & lifelong learning. It helps children & young people become successful learner, confident individual & responsible citizens. It gives them knowledge, skills and understanding to discern & value truth & goodness, helping them to make moral judgements and for making positive and healthy choices.
At Mildmay Junior School we follow the RE Scheme of work set out by the local authority.
It is a legal requirement for every Local Authority to convene a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education). The Essex SACRE, which meets once a term, comprises four statutory groups and co-opted members.
- Group A - representing non-Anglican Christian denominations and other religions and religious denominations.
- Group B - representing the Church of England.
- Group C - representing various teachers' associations.
- Group D - representing the Local Authority.
The Local Authority works with SACRE to monitor and review the provision of RE and collective worship, considering with SACRE any action that needs to be taken in respect of support offered to schools. SACRE produces an Agreed Syllabus which is reviewed every five years.