Please see our Policy for Religious Education and Collective Worship

 

ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FEDERATION

POLICY FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Mission Statement

'Working Together to Secure Excellent Education

in a Christian Setting at the Heart of Our Community'

 

 Rationale of Religious Education

Religious Education is central to the educative mission of the Church.

‘At the heart of Catholic education lies the Christian vision of the human person. This vision is expressed and explored in Religious Education.’

  • Religious Education is ‘the core of the core curriculum.’

‘Therefore Religious Education is never simply one subject among many, but the foundation of the entire educational process. The beliefs and values studied in Catholic religious education inspire and draw together every aspect of the life of a Catholic school….. All pupils have the right to receive an overall education which will enable them, in the light of the faith of the Church, to engage with the deepest questions of life and find reasons for the hope which is within them. Religious Education is, then, the core subject in a Catholic school.’

 

  • Religious Education is the systematic study of the teaching of the Church and the mystery of Christ and is a rigorous academic subject in its own right.

 

Religious Education is regarded as an academic discipline with the same systematic demands and the same rigour as other disciplines.  As such it is to be taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as any other subject.

 

“Excellence in religious education, then, will be characterised by a clarity of succinct religious learning objectives and of key content, by appropriate methodologies, rigour, richness of resources, achievement of identified outcomes and accurate methods of assessment.  Classroom RE will be a challenging educational engagement between the pupil, the teacher and the authentic subject material.”

 

  • The outcome of Classroom Religious Education is:

 

“religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to reflect spiritually, and think ethically and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life”.4

 

  • Whilst evangelisation and catechesis are happening in our school for some pupils, the specific contribution Religious Education makes to the Catholic Life of the school is primarily educational and will be planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other curriculum subjects.

 

The Aims of Religious Education as stated in the RE Curriculum Directory are:

 

  • To present engagingly a comprehensive content which is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  • To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  • To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  • To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  • To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  • To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  • To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.

 

Religious Education - Curriculum Time Allocation

10% of curriculum time is allocated to Religious Education. This does not include Collective Worship.

 

Programme of Study

To fulfil the above aims and to address the four areas of study outlined in the Religious Education Curriculum Directory, 2012 – Revelation, Church, Celebration and Life in Christ - the ‘Come and See’ programme is used as recommended by the Diocese.

 

Process

Religious Education is taught through the process of Explore, Reveal, Respond. This follows the pattern of: the human search for meaning, God’s initiative in Revelation and the response in faith. This pattern is outlined both in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the Curriculum Directory.

As the Directory states:

‘Teaching in Religious Education ….should help people be attentive to the meaning of their experiences, illumined by the light of the Gospel, so that they may respond to God more fully. Experience can also make the Christian message more intelligible.’

 

Methodology

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used from across the curriculum adapted appropriately to the needs and learning styles of pupils.

Inclusion

All pupils in our school, irrespective of ability, faith and background will have appropriate differentiated access to the Religious Education programme.

 

Other Religions

Two other religions are taught in Y5 and Year 6 following the programme of study in ‘Come and See’. These are Judaism, which is usually taught in the Autumn, and Islam, which is taught either in the Spring or Summer. At least one week’s teaching and learning time per year is given to each.

 

Assessment, Monitoring, Recording and Reporting

  • Assessment of standards is carried out according to Diocesan guidelines using the criteria set out in Levels of Attainment in RE agreed by Bishops’ Conference.
  • Each teacher keeps a class record of assessed work and records of pupils’ progress.
  • The school portfolio of pupils’ work contains three samples of work from each teacher for the Diocesan agreed task each term, covering a range of abilities.
  • An in - house moderation meeting is held every term
  • Examples from the school portfolio of assessed samples of work are presented for Diocesan Moderation at RE Coordinators’ Moderation meetings in the summer term.
  • Monitoring of teaching and learning is done through work scrutiny, lesson observations and monitoring of lessons.
  • Pupils are sublevelled at the end of each term and this information is used to ensure progress and achievement is recorded and tracked and recorded on SIMS as well as on pupil trackers
  • Progress and achievement in Religious Education is reported to parents/carers in a written report at the end of each academic year.
  • Progress and achievement in Religious Education is reported to Governors in September.

 

Management of the Subject

 Mrs R MacInnes has responsibility for leading, managing and supporting the delivery of and training in Religious Education.

 

Policy Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed by the Resource Management Committee in conjunction with the RE Coordinator and updated every 2 years.

 

Name: Mrs P Slater (Chair of Governors)

 

 

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