Subject Leader: Tom Walsh
Link Governor: Louise Rifkin (Humanities)
'Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.'
Article 14: Freedom of thought, belief and religion
Religious Education (RE) explores big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can make sense of religion, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living. Beaver Road follows the Manchester Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021. The syllabus is taught through three strands:
- Believing (religious beliefs, teachings, sources; questions of meaning purpose and truth)
- Expressing (religious forms of expression; questions of identity, diversity and belonging)
- Living (practices and ways of living; questions of values and commitments)
Religious Education at Beaver Road makes a distinctive contribution to the whole school curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and of society, whilst also helping to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
RE makes important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, the humanities and the arts, education for sustainable development and others. Religious Education at Beaver Road, as a non-faith community school, is about developing understanding of self and others; it is not about promoting the beliefs of one religion or tradition over another.
RE at Beaver Road makes a key educational contribution to pupils’ explorations of British Values:
- Mutual Tolerance.
- Respectful Attitudes
- The Rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
When Children leave Beaver Road they will:
- Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews.
- Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews.
- Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews.