Religious Education is unique in the school curriculum in that it is neither a core subject nor a foundation subject but the 1988 Education Act states that ‘Religious Education has equal standing in relation to core subjects of the National Curriculum in that it is compulsory for all registered pupils’.
Religious Education is taught in our school because it makes:
“a major contribution to the education of children and young people. At its best, it is intellectually challenging and personally enriching. It helps young people develop beliefs and values, and promotes the virtues of respect and empathy, which are important in our diverse society. It fosters civilised debate and reasoned argument and helps pupils to understand the place of religion and belief in the modern world”. (RE: realising the potential, Ofsted 2013).
This fits with our school ethos and mission statement. We are committed to providing a high quality education which promotes and sustains high standards and the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, intellectual and physical development of every child in our care.
In partnership with parents and the community we will strive to develop a secure, caring, welcoming environment in which each individual will feel happy, valued and respected and work towards personal success.
Rickleton Primary School is a Community school. We deliver RE in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2012). We use the Discovery RE programme as our scheme of work.