The religious studies curriculum contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education by provoking challenging questions about the meaning of life, beliefs about god, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
The religious studies curriculum:
- Is ambitious, rigorous and academic and gives all learners the cultural capital to succeed in life by building powerful knowledge about key religious themes.
- Exposes pupils to the best of what’s thought and said hence developing an understanding that we all share a common humanity. The curriculum promotes an understanding of diversity, empathy and cohesion whilst developing individual views and beliefs.
- Is sequenced to provide powerful knowledge and skills for the next steps in academic studies or employment.
- Takes pupils beyond their everyday experiences by nurturing informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. Religious studies lessons are a place where difficult questions can be tackled within a safe and challenging context.
- Produces numerate and literate young people as the content develops problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Encourages social mobility as it meets the needs of all learners and instils a love of learning.
- Plays an important role in preparing pupils for the future, for employment and for lifelong learning and will enhance their moral, social and cultural development.