Subject Lead: Mrs Blake
Religious education has been a legal entitlement for all pupils in state schools since 1944 and has retained that important position in the curriculum into the 21st century. Religious education forms part of the basic curriculum as set down in the 1998 Education Act. Its place in the curriculum is an acknowledgement of the fact that religious beliefs and practices play an important part in the lives of many people worldwide, and have done so throughout history. Legislation aside, a knowledge and understanding of beliefs, insights and value systems has always been important for individuals, communities and society as a whole. Schools play an essential role in helping to prepare pupils for adult life by providing opportunities to learn about, understand and engage with the faiths, philosophies and values which underpin every aspect of private and public life in the modern world. An understanding of religion can help children develop a better appreciation of themselves, the people around them and the world in which they live. Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious lessons and daily worship in assemblies but it must be understood that such activities make a contribution to cross-curricular objectives pursued during the course of the school week. RE is taught according to the Agreed Syllabus of the LA.