We follow the Southend syllabus for RE, adapting the suggested topics in a way that is suitable for all our learners, in both Key Stage 3 and 4. Southend is becoming an increasingly diverse town and this syllabus recognises and celebrates the diversity and richness of the local community, allowing pupils to share experiences and learn from one another. Pupils study the main beliefs and festivals of the major word religions, examine artefacts and visit local places of worship, so developing an understanding of how others live.
RE contributes to pupils’ personal and social development, their well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance. RE encourages children to learn from religions, whilst reflecting on their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions. There are also opportunities for pupils to study secular world views such as Humanism. There is a strong emphasis on teaching RE in ways that will challenge pupils, engage their interest and curiosity and develop their capacity for critical thinking.
Parents/Carers who do not wish their child to attend religious worship or religious education should inform the Head Teacher of this in writing. Separate arrangements will be made for their supervision at these times.