Religious Diversity Resources on the Multiverse website

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Like other markers of personal and cultural identity - ethnicity, language, social class - a person's beliefs and values and so their religion need recognition and respect if individuals are to feel accepted, and the culturally diverse wider society be socially cohesive.

The responsibility of schools to recognise the religious diversity of their students is evident in the guidance and legislation issued at local, national and European levels.

Local Authorities, through their Agreed Syllabuses, speak of the importance of students "developing capacities to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values and beliefs", which will in turn "foster mutual understanding between students of differing religious and cultural backgrounds." (Living Difference)

For Ofsted, the study of religion in school "must enable students to make sense of religion in the modern world and its role in issues of identity and diversity." (Making sense of Religion - Ofsted )

Similarly, the QCA maintains that "No young person...should leave school unaware of or unprepared for the challenges of life in our complex multicultural, multi-faith society." (Respect for All)

In its Guidance on the Duty to Promote Community Cohesion the DCSF says that "Race and Faith are often seen as the most frequent friction points between communities and the most visible source of tension." (Guidance on the Duty to Promote Community Cohesion)

At the European level, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights calls upon member states to implement "education policies that will promote greater understanding of and respect for different cultures, ethnicities, religions and beliefs" as a key to "addressing the root causes of intolerance and discrimination." (The Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religion and Beliefs in Public Schools )

To help trainees meet these responsibilities and feel confident teaching students holding a variety of beliefs and values the Multiverse Religious Diversity Strand has assembled documentation and resources that will:

 

  • Highlight the significance of religious identity in a healthy diverse society and explore ways of addressing religion in schools that will respect the beliefs of faith members while recognising the existence of alternative or conflicting views.

 

See the following articles in the Religious Diversity Strand and follow the links to find out more:

 

Multiculturalism Revisited   

The Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religion and Beliefs in Public Schools

Islamism, its history and recent critiques

Making sense of Religion - Ofsted

The Achievement of British Pakistani Learners

Meeting the Needs of Muslim Pupils in State Schools

Scenario 4: Issues of religious diversity and identity.

 

 

  • Provide sound information on the beliefs and practices of the principal faiths practiced in the UK and show the diversity that exists within faiths as well as between them.

 

See the following articles in the Religious Diversity Strand and follow the links to find out more:

 

RE Net

Faith Guides

Meeting the Needs of Muslim Learners in State Schools

Judicial Studies Board Website

The Birmingham RE Syllabus

The Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education

 

  • Offer schemes and ideas for lessons prepared and tested by groups of experienced teachers.

 

See the following articles in the Religious Diversity Strand and follow the links to find out more:

 

RE Net

Living Difference

The Birmingham RE Syllabus

 

 

  • Examine classroom methodologies for dealing with sensitive issues and addressing ignorance and intolerance.

 

See the following articles in the Religious Diversity Strand and follow the links to find out more:

 

RE Net

Cleo - Cumbria and Lancashire on line

Islamism, its history and recent critiques

Anti Racism: An Attainment Target for Primary RE.

Using Literature to Explore Scapegoating

Pushing the Tolerant Frontier

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Topic Area

Diversity Topics

Type of Resource

Conference presentations

Article Id :

15700

Date Posted:

2/6/2009