The vision in the teaching of RE in our Federation is to create a community where people of different beliefs and religions live harmoniously side by side, displaying mutual respect, understanding and friendship. It is essential that our children and young people are supported in developing these qualities and, whilst growing in confidence, achieve a level of critical awareness. As a Federation, we follow the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus.
Religious Education, through this Agreed Syllabus, will encourage and enable pupils to explore their own beliefs, values and traditions and those of others in meaningful and engaging ways. It will encourage pupils to share their diverse range of experiences and grow individually and together with sensitivity and respect towards people of all faiths and none. This Agreed Syllabus provides many opportunities for RE teaching and learning to challenge stereotypical views and to appreciate difference positively. The syllabus enables all pupils to consider the impact of people’s beliefs on their own actions and ways of life. It provides a key context to develop children and young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. Increasing diversity is part of the demographic picture, and the wider region is home to many diverse and active faith communities. We are educating children in their own locality, but also to live in a wider region, the UK and globally.
This new RE Agreed Syllabus has been developed in consultation with a team of teachers and faith representatives, with support from local authority and national advisers. The team consulted teachers and pupils in North Yorkshire to gather their views on effective learning in RE.