Personal Development / Religious Education (RE) at Haughton Academy enables pupils to learn about the world in which we live.
RE is not a subject designed to make people religious, but rather to allow pupils to think for themselves about religious, moral, social, philosophical and ethical issues.
RE develops pupils’ understanding of the beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression in Christianity and of other world religions such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. RE also provides pupils with opportunities for their own spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. RE at Haughton Academy promotes respect and tolerance for different people’s faiths/non-faiths, feelings and values.
In KS3, pupils study the major six world religions, which focuses on the foundations of each of those faiths. Modules include philosophical and ethical modules such as ‘Why are places of worship important?’, ‘Is the Shroud of Turin real?’, ‘Why are Human Rights important?’ and ‘What does it mean to be a multicultural society?’.
In KS4, some pupils will embark on the AQA RE GCSE, which explores ethical and philosophical issues such as Family Relationships, Beliefs and Teachings, Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, Animal Rights and War, Peace and Conflict.
Pupils in KS4, not on this pathway, also explore philosophical issues such as ‘What is morality?’ and ‘What happens when we die?’, as well as ethical issues such as ‘Can the media be trusted?’, ‘Does the media incite prejudice and stereotypes?’ ‘When does life begin?’ and ‘Why are wars caused?’.
RE is highly valued at Haughton Academy because:
It promotes awareness and understanding of different beliefs and the nature of society
It encourages the development of crucial skills as well as building on literacy and numeracy
RE gives pupils a unique opportunity to consider issues and views for themselves and form their own opinions and explain them in a safe environment
RE tackles some of the big questions of life It promotes understanding of different cultures and traditions which helps to remove prejudice
RE helps to prepare pupils for, and to contribute positively to, life in modern Britain
Miss Amie Bell
Subject Leader of Personal Development