The religious education curriculum
Introduction and key policy documents in religious education
This section provides an outline of a number of practical, but theoretically informed approaches to the subject.
There are three main subdivisions in this section:
● The Agreed Syllabus for RE
● Spiritual, moral and related aspects of RE
● RE across the curriculum
Key policy documents
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES AND REFLECTION
Think about: Which of the following curriculum areas do you think is RE’s closest cousin and why? a) Citizenship b) PSHE c) Humanities d) Science e) Philosophy and Ethics
Which do you think represents the greatest challenge to RE and why? a) Citizenship b) PSHE c) Humanities d) Science e) Philosophy and Ethics
Find out: What cross curricular links are currently being made between RE and other subject areas in your school? What key aims and intended learning outcomes underpin those initiatives?
Imagine: How might you wish to improve RE’s relationship with other curriculum areas in your school and why?
Questions to consider: To what extent do you think RE should make links with other curriculum subjects and why? What might be the advantages and disadvantages of such links?
According to recent Ofsted reports, RE does not seem to be sufficiently fulfilling its potential to contribute to community cohesion. To what extent would you agree with this assessment and why? What factors do you think might be affecting RE’s ability to contribute to community cohesion? What would you suggest we need to do in RE to address this situation?