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Religious education key stage 3

Statutory subject with non-statutory content
two key stage 3 pupils study, one points out something in a book to the other

Religious education 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 pupils’ 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 awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Programmes of study

The statutory programmes of study are an important element of the wider curriculum and establish the core entitlement for all pupils.

Guidance on planning, continuity across the key stages, new opportunities, inclusion and support for assessment.

Level descriptions

Level descriptions have been reviewed across all levels in light of changes to the primary and secondary curriculum. 

Subject comparison tool

A comparison tool allowing subject teachers to compare elements of programme of study for different subjects to provide an invaluable starting point for planning a coherent curriculum.

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