Religious Education (R.E.) provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It can develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these.
R.E. also contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being and to community cohesion by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society. R.E. also makes important contributions to other parts of the school curriculum such as citizenship, personal, social and health education (P.S.H.E), and the humanities. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, deepening the understanding of the significance of religion in the lives of others – individually, communally and cross-culturally.