Information, resources and support for teachers
Last updated: 02 October 2009
RE 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 develops students’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances students’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
RE encourages students to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges students to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
New units of work for RE
New units of work for the foundation stage and key stages 1, 2 and 3 show how RE - based on an agreed syllabus or other guidelines - might be structured for the classroom.
Curriculum reform consultation
Changes are proposed to the primary curriculum, teaching PSHE education, subject level descriptions and religious education.
- National Curriculum (the new secondary curriculum)
- Religious education - Archive
- Religious studies 14-19
- Useful resources
- Contact details: Religious education team
- Teaching and learning
- Consultation on the draft framework for religious education
- Association of religious education inspectors, advisers and consultants(AREIAC)
- Becta's Content Search (Formerly NGfL)
- National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE)