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Religious Education

Introduction

At Penketh Primary School, we deliver Religious Education (R.E.) in line with the Locally Agreed Syllabus. As of 2014, the school will follow the new Agreed Lancashire, Blackpool and Warrington syllabus. The syllabus is built around the key question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ Through the delivery of the curriculum, pupils will progress in R.E. through the exploration of these four areas:

• shared human experience - the nature of human being.

• living religious tradition - principal religious traditions encountered in the world.

• beliefs and values - which lie at the heart of these traditions.

• the search for personal meaning – a life-long quest for understanding.

Aims

Through the delivery of Religious Education and the Agreed Syllabus, we aim to:

  • promote pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
  • establish the principles for distinguishing the difference between right and wrong.
  • developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of pupil’s own and other’s beliefs and cultures.
  • promote equality and empower pupils with the opportunity to challenge discrimination and stereotyping.

Our delivery of the Agreed Syllabus aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other principal religions presented in the school, Warrington and Great Britain. The faiths that will be discussed include: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. 

The right of Withdrawal from RE

We wish to be an inclusive community but recognise that parents, of course, have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education. We would ask any parent considering this to contact Mrs Dymond or Mrs Kayll to discuss any concerns or anxieties they may have about the policy, provision and practice of religious education. Parents are requested to make alternative RE provision for their child. 

Further information about the agreed syllabus and how we teach R.E in school can be found by clicking the downloadable documents at the top of this page. 

PREVENT - Officer

If we as a school are concerned over indoctrination, radicalisation or extremism from any member of staff, visitor or family member then procedures are in place to deal with this. School would contact the PREVENT officer within Warrington LA, David Sampson.