Religious Education and World Views

Celebrate difference with us!
 
We believe everyone has a right to their own beliefs and to follow a religion of their choosing. We celebrate difference and promote the British Values of Tolerance and Mutual Respect though our RE curriculum. 
 
We follow the Living Difference curriculum, which seeks to introduce children and young people to what a religious way of looking at and existing in the world may offer in leading one’s life, individually and collectively.
 
It recognises and acknowledges that the question as to what it means to lead one’s life with such an orientation can be answered in a number of qualitatively different ways.
 
These include the idea that to live a religious life means to subscribe to certain propositional beliefs (religion as truth);
the idea that to live a religious life means to adhere to certain practices (religion as practice);
and the idea that to live a religious life is characterised by a particular way of being in and with the world: with a particular kind of awareness of and faith in the world and in other human beings (religion as existence).

These three ways of conceptualising religion also relate to different theological positions and may be found as overlapping to different extents within any particular religious tradition.

Religious education in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight intends to play an educative part in the lives of children and young people as they come to speak, think and act in the world.
This entails teachers bringing children and young people first to attend to their own experience and that of others, to engage intellectually with material that is new and to discern with others what is valuable with regard to living a religious life or one informed by a non-religious or other perspective.

This approach to religious education in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight schools is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Articles 12, 13, 14 and 30, and supports the work of rights respecting education (RRE).
 

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values

Through questioning, exploring, reflecting upon and interpreting human experience in the light of religions and beliefs studied we develop our spiritual knowledge and understanding over time. This includes communicating reflections, responses and evaluations about questions of identity, belonging, diversity, meaning, purpose, truth, values and commitments, making increasingly insightful links to the specific religions studied. All of these fundamental aspects to our RE curriculum means we build a positive tolerance and mutual respect.