R.E. Policy Introduction

RAMSGATE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH OF ENGLAND (AIDED) PRIMARY SCHOOL

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICY

INTRODUCTION

As a Voluntary Aided Church of England school, Religious Education (RE) at Ramsgate Holy Trinity is determined by the Governing Body, which is responsible for fulfilling the school’s Trust Deed and all other legal requirements. Our Governing Body has adopted the Kent Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (R.E. act 2007 incorporating the revised syllabus in 2012) and has decided to deliver this through the Canterbury Diocesan Scheme of Work. This includes aspects of Christianity appropriate to Primary Schools, as found in the Church of England’s report on RE: ‘Excellence and Distinctiveness’ (2005).

The RE teaching at our school seeks to make a major contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils by helping them to acquire a knowledge and understanding of major world religions, by giving the pupils an appreciation of ultimate questions and responses to them, and by developing their own beliefs and values.

RE is taught to all pupils as part of the basic curriculum, as required by law. According to the Education Act 1988 Section 9 parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE and responsibility for the supervision of that pupil remains the duty of the school.

AIMS

Within each key stage pupils are encouraged to:

Gain a knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of major world religions, especially Christianity

Develop the ability to make their own reasoned and informed judgements about the religious and moral issues which arise from reflection on human experience and a study of religious belief and practice

Consider ways in which beliefs, values and traditions might have significance for their own lives

Be part of a community that expresses shared beliefs and values.

Religious education seeks to enable pupils to learn about religions and to learn from them.

OBJECTIVES

Through weekly class lessons pupils gain a thorough knowledge of Christianity, a knowledge of the other principal world faiths represented in Great Britain and consider personal values and beliefs, contributing to their own spiritual, moral and cultural development.