School Values in Religious Education
Individual and unique:
Religious Education is unique in that it has no right answers but is based around an individual’s belief system. We study the three major mono religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism and their beliefs about why we are here, and, what is our purpose in life? We consider their books of wisdom and how these are used to guide their belief and how this influences a follower’s life. We recognise that all of our students come from a variety of faiths, and none. Religious education helps students to consider what they wish to believe and why.
Religious Education is wonderful in its exploration of the unknown: the bits of life we can’t evidence. It promotes inspirational role models who have been guided and driven by their faith to support and help humans across the world. It introduces theology and philosophy and supports student to think deeply, to justify their thoughts and beliefs and to think outside of the box in an abstract way.
Religious Education supports students to flourish by its distinctive contribution to developing students' knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs, practices, language and traditions and their influence on individuals, communities, societies and cultures all over the world. It broadens students’ horizons and helps them to consider not only the differences but the similarities in each religion. Our studies ask students to seek and find their own responses to the important questions in life and supports students to focus on their own spiritual development, and to accept and understand that not everyone will have or should have the same beliefs.
At Edwinstree, Religious Education is an essential component to students living life in all its fullness. It helps us to understand the deep meaning that individuals and groups make of their experiences and how this helps them give purpose to their lives. It provides opportunities to explore, make and respond to the meanings of those experiences in relation to the beliefs and experiences of others as well as to one's own experiences. Students have regular opportunities to debate and disagree well and with respect.