'The Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning in RE'
Religious Education at our school lies at the very heart of the curriculum. Our students and their families can expect a religious education curriculum that is rich and varied, enabling learners to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. We provide a wide range of opportunities for learners to understand and to make links between the beliefs, practices and value systems of the range of faiths and world views studied. We use an enquiry approach that helps develop religious and theological literacy. Links with the Christian values of the school and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are intrinsic to the RE curriculum.
At St Nicholas school the management of Religious Education is a distinctive role of the governors and head teacher. The Governing Body as a whole is responsible for determining the nature of Religious Education provided in our school. The governors of the school have adopted the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education Syllabus for RE and this chosen syllabus closely links with the Understanding Christianity syllabus.
As stated in our most recent SIAMS report:
‘The subject leader ensures that RE has a high profile throughout the school community.’
‘Standards achieved by pupils are in excess of those in other core areas of the curriculum…‘
‘Using the diocesan recommended syllabus, and as a result of teaching that is always at least good and frequently outstanding, pupils engage confidently with their learning in RE.’
‘Pupils proudly explained that they are expected to ask ‘big’ questions, work hard and ‘think’ carefully in RE.’
‘…pupils develop enquiring minds and evaluate the content of their learning with confidence.’
‘Teachers assess pupils’ work carefully and regularly and pupils know how to make improvements.’
‘The monitoring of RE is thorough and leads to accurate judgements…'