At Eveline Day School, we believe it is vital that young people are given opportunities to reflect on how different beliefs affect them and those around them. Religious Education contributes to education by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
Underpinned by our schools’ core beliefs, students learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully. Students are equipped with knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs and world views, whilst encouraging them to simultaneously develop their own ideas, values and identities.
We believe that RE offers a unique opportunity to engage with others who hold different views within a safe, secure environment. It is the main area of the curriculum where pupils have access to accounts of moral and spiritual development. Including the subject within the school curriculum also adheres to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, in that it is ‘the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.’ Inclusion means the inclusion of religions and beliefs themselves, taking account of the religious and the non-religious positions of teachers and pupils alike.
The two strands of the RE curriculum ensure all students learn knowledge and facts about religion and learn from religion and beliefs; students express insights about the nature and significance of different worldviews and gain the skills needed to engage seriously with different world views.