Religious Education “plays a vital part in developing citizenship through children and young people learning about faith and religion and their contribution to fostering positive relationships and building community cohesion.”
Greenwich’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (2012)
We believe that religious education makes a distinct and valuable contribution to children’s, spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development. RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief (both religious and non-religious), faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Children acquire knowledge and understanding of 6 of the world’s principal religions and how beliefs about God, the world and others impact on their lives and the lives of others. RE promotes a positive attitude of respect, empathy and acceptance towards diverse cultures and beliefs in today’s society. Pupils are not told what religious views they should have but instead are supported to gain shared human understanding, develop personal identity and search for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints.