Personal Development and Religious Education

Personal Development and Religious Education

Personal Development and Religious Education (RE) at Haughton Academy enables pupils to learn about the world in which we live.

“The highest form of intelligence is to question oneself and to question others" - Socrates


Our intention is to allow pupils to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, acquiring knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. Relationships and sex education can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support.

About Us:

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 Key Stage 3, pupils study the major six world religions, which focuses on the foundations of each of these faiths.  Modules include philosophical and ethical modules such as ‘What is it like to be a Christian in the 21st Century?’, ‘How does the media portray religion?’, and ‘Is religion dead?’.

In Key Stage 4, 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 the GCSE pathway, study ethical issues such as 'Can politics and religion mix? An in-depth look at the controversial issues surrounding Abortion and Euthanasia’ and ‘Crime and punishment- an in-depth look at Justice, religion and the aim of punishment.’ 

RE is highly valued at Haughton Academy because:

Curriculum Pathway:

A Curriculum Summary document for Personal Development and RE can be found by clicking here.

The following provides you with a Learning Journey of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum here in Haughton Academy. A copy can be found by clicking here.

Personal Development and RE Learning Journey


The Personal Development and RE department consists of three members of staff, these are:

If you have any further queries about the Personal Development and RE curriculum on offer at Haughton Academy, please get in touch with Ms Dodds (Acting Subject Leader for Personal Development and RE)  -