Vision for Religious Education
The vision for Religious Education at St George’s is to be a subject at the heart of the curriculum, enabling pupils to flourish academically, morally and spiritually. Religious Education will make a valuable contribution to a broad, stimulating curriculum, leading to well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the next stage in their lives.
Religious Education is a subject that every child will take for GCSE and opportunities for study will be provided from Early Years through to Sixth Form. The curriculum will focus predominantly on Christianity, but will include a range of other worldviews, both religious and non-religious.
Our aims and vision are informed by the school curriculum vision, the Kent Agreed Syllabus principal aim for RE (below) and Church of England Statement of Entitlement.
The principal aim of RE, is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own. (KAS, 2018)
KS3 - Subject Information
At KS3 pupils have 2 hours of RE a week and follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus and the Diocese of Canterbury requirements. This ensures that 70% of what is taught is Christianity. Primarily pupils study Christianity through the ‘Understanding Christianity’ course as well as AQA GCSE material in year 9. They will also study a range of different worldviews and religions, including Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.
KS4 Subject Information
At KS4, all pupils complete a GCSE in Religious Studies, in line with the Kent Agreed Syllabus and Diocese of Canterbury requirements. Pupils have 2 hours a week of timetabled RE lessons. At St George’s we follow the AQA Specification A course, with a focus on Christianity and Islam as well as the themes of ‘Religion and families’, ‘Religion and life’, ‘Peace and conflict’ and ‘Crime and Punishment’.
We are required to ensure all students in Sixth Form receive some religious education, which is delivered in the form of enrichment mornings, afternoons or days, with a focus on a religious or ethical issue.
The statutory RE enrichment days have covered themes such as community, self-esteem and relationships. These have explored Christian and other worldview and have welcomed visitors from the local community to share their views.
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CAREER AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Religious Studies GCSE can be used to pursue further education, especially A-Levels such as Philosophy, Sociology and other humanities subjects. The subject has clear links to work within the religious or charity sectors but also within a range of other professions such as the Police, Social Work, Counselling, Youth Work and Teaching.
Further information about Religious Studies and careers or further education opportunities can be found at https://www.ucas.com/job-subjects/religious-studies
Case Studies - http://casestudies.reonline.org.uk/