Religious education aims to provoke challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God and the nature of reality, contemporary moral and ethical issues and what it means to believe. It develops students’ understanding of the world’s major faiths as well as understanding the reasons and rationale behind people choosing not to follow a religion.
RE contributes to pupils’ social, moral and spiritual development and promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance in an ever expanding diverse society. It requires students to be critical thinkers and demands academic rigour in evaluation and analysis of belief and moral issues. The RE department at Haggerston was awarded the UCL Beacon school status in Holocaust education and makes important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship and PSHE as well as complimenting the teaching and content of other Humanities and enabling greater understanding of Holocaust education across the school. RE offers opportunities for personal reflection, deepening understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of believers and enables students to ask philosophical questions.
Key Stage 4 RE focuses on Islam and Christianity as well as non-religious views and offers students insight into a wide range of topics both within the remit of Humanities and external to humanities as well as promoting skills that they will require throughout their time in school, in higher education and beyond.