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Policy Statement For Religious Education

“Children are exposed to attitudes and values which are at variance with the Gospel.  Catholic schools should be “Counter cultural.” The catholic school should be an “oasis”, a place of experiencing the Gospel in action.  Religion is caught, not taught.  The Gospel can only be proposed and never imposed”.

Bishop Brian Noble September 1997

At St. Peter’s School we believe that R.E. is important because:


1.    The Head Teacher

The principal role of the Head teacher is that of the leader of a Catholic community. This involves ensuring that:

2.    The R.E. Co-ordinator

The RE Coordinator has responsibility for the management of RE throughout the school.  In doing so, s/he will be a support for the Head as leader of a Catholic Community.

This will include:

3.   Teaching Staff.

All teachers have the responsibility of developing the distinctive nature of a Catholic school, as well as teaching R.E. It is recognised that, as will children, staff are also at different points on their faith journey and have many and varied backgrounds.  These differences should also be recognised and respected.  It is important that all teachers feel valued and affirmed.

4.    Governors

The Foundation governors are specifically appointed to maintain the Catholic character of our school. All governors work together for the good of the school.  They can bring a wider perspective when considering the direction and need of the school.  The active involvement of governors in supporting school development  at St. Peter’s is welcome.

5.    The Parish

Parish links are essential in the life of a Catholic school.  The Parish Priest and Deacons are welcome visitors to our school and the school contributes to Parish events when invited.

6.    Parents

Parents are encouraged to be deeply involved with the Religious education of their child through the following means:


1.    Content

The RE curriculum is based on the scheme “The Way, the Truth and the Life”. Staff are encouraged to bring the curriculum to life through describing their own experiences and using additional resources.

2.    Timetable

RE should be timetabled and should take up about 10% of the teaching time available. This should exclude time spent in collective worship activities.  There is no requirement to have equal time slots each day but children should receive some specific RE teaching on most days.

3.    Cross-curricular links

Opportunities to make links with other subject should be sought and developed as this reinforces the distinctive nature of the catholic school, and the recognition that RE is not simply another subject but is related to all aspects of our lives.

4.    PSHE

PSHE is closely integrated with much of the curriculum and is especially relevant to RE.  Opportunities to link these two areas should be explored and specified on teacher’s planning.

5.    Resources

RE will always be a developing area of the curriculum, as we strive to meet the changing needs of the children.  Resources, therefore, are an important part of the curriculum and the school will make every effort to ensure that money is allocated when the Budget is planned.  Resources can have a major impact in the development of attitudes and should avoid stereotypical images and should embrace inclusion.

6. Teaching and Learning Methods.

In line with our teaching and learning policy teachers use a wide range of teaching methods.  The following are particularly relevant to RE:

7.    Planning, Assessment and record keeping.

Assessment of RE is ongoing throughout the academic year. Summative Assessment takes place each term in keeping with the Shrewsbury Diocese guidelines over a four year cycle.

8.    Differentiation

As with all areas of the curriculum, teachers should ensure that work is appropriate for the age and ability of each child in their class and that adequate support is provided for those children who require it.

9.    Equal opportunities

The provisions of our equal opportunities policies apply especially to this area of the curriculum and will be strictly observed.

10.    ICT

Children and staff are encouraged to use ICT wherever possible to promote learning and to make links to other curriculum areas.

11.    INSET

The RE coordinator, Headteacher and Deputy undertake the regular training provided by the Diocese which is then disseminated to staff at regular meetings.  Staff will also take part in regular meetings with the local Catholic schools.  Opportunities to access award bearing courses are made available.

12.    Monitoring and Evaluation

This is the responsibility of the RE coordinator who is responsible, through the school curriculum manager, to the Head teacher.

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