Religious education

Religious education

Religious Education (RE) creates opportunities for personal reflection as well as deepening knowledge and understanding of the world around us and, ultimately, developing the key skill of empathy. RE contributes to students’ education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE, they learn about religious and non-religious world views to discover, explore, and consider different answers to these questions.

Students learn to interpret, analyse, evaluate, and critically respond to the claims that religious and non-religious world views make, as well as express their insights and agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching, therefore, equips learners with knowledge and understanding of what is meant by the terms “religion” and “world view”, as well as knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious world views.

RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development as it encourages students to examine the significance of their learning in relation to themselves and others. It enables them to explore their own beliefs - religious or not, ideas, feelings, experiences, and values in the light of what they learn. RE encourages empathy and respect and enables them to develop their own sense of identity and belonging, all whilst promoting respect and tolerance of different beliefs, values, and ideas.

Ultimately, RE enables positive participation in our society due to its diverse religious and non-religious world views. The course gives students an informed understanding of political, social, and moral issues that they will need to face as they grow up in an increasingly globalised world. Students learn to positively deal with controversial issues, to manage strongly held differences of belief and to challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Curriculum information






  • Why are some people religious? 

  • Where did the universe come from? Arguments for the existence of God. 

  • Christian beliefs  


  • What do Sikhs believe about the nature of God? 

  • What do Muslims believe? 


  • Why do people suffer? Including the Problem of Evil and Suffering. 

  • Is death the end? 


  • What does it mean to live as a Muslim or Sikh in Britain today? 


  • Prejudice and Discrimination 

  • Do religions bring conflict or harmony? 


  • What does justice mean? 

  • How do the beliefs of Christians have an impact on their lives and communities? 


  • How do you make moral decisions? 

  • What are the origins of the universe and human responsibility? 


  • Why is Social Justice important? 

  • What are the rights and wrongs of medical ethics? 


  • How have attitudes to marriage and the nature of family life changed? 





  • Christian Beliefs and Teachings 

  • Ethical Issue: Relationships and Families 

  • Muslim Beliefs and Teachings  

  • Ethical Issue: Religion and Life  



  • Christian Practices  

  • Ethical Issue: Crime and Punishment  




  • Muslim Practices  

  • Ethical Issue: Religion, Peace and Conflict  


  • Revision 

  • Revision & Examination 





  • What makes us human? 

  • Harm no living thing 

  • How does the media portray religion? 





One additional P4L unit from the following: 


  • Are miracles real? 

  • Are religious laws outdated? 

  • Can we respect all faiths and beliefs? 


I really like RE because it opens your mind to what other people might think. It's really helpful to have that skill going through life when you might meet people who don't think the same way as you.
Year 10 student
I enjoy RE because it helps me to develop an understanding of cultures and the origins of where a religion came from
Year 7 student