Religion and Worldviews
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2020–2025 (. It is mainly based on the Christian faith but includes an understanding of other religions, helping give our pupils a wider knowledge and understanding of modern Britain.
Derbyshire Agreed syllabus
“RE, taught well, provides a safe space to discuss, experience and respond well to difference - a space where students can engage with controversial issues and learn to disagree respectfully with each other. This can play a key role in fostering good relationships between different groups within the school and in later life."
Derby and Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus 2020-2025
As a proud Church of England school, Religious Education is a subject of the utmost importance to us. RE helps children develop empathy and an understanding of their own beliefs and the faith of others. The children will have the opportunity to explore the beliefs of Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, Hindus and Humanists and how this impacts their lives and responses to different situations.
It gives pupils the opportunity to develop an understanding of the impact of beliefs and faith on people’s behaviour and actions. Each year the children will work through the Understanding Christianity scheme, alongside the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus, which allows children to explore bigger questions such as, ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’ and ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’
RE is a subject which can develop understanding and peace and help to alleviate tensions which may arise between and within faiths. Through an understanding of other people’s viewpoints, we broaden our own view on situations.
All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the National Society’s framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The framework sets out the expectations for the conduct of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican, Methodist and ecumenical Schools under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. SIAMS provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are “distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions”. The Church of England Education Office Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) schedule is used in all Section 48 inspections of Church of England schools and in the denominational inspection of academies.
The principal objective of the SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a Church school. This impact will be judged by exploring one inspection question:
How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
This question is explored through the following seven strands:
1. Vision and Leadership
2. Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
3. Character Education: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
4. Community and Living Well Together
5. Dignity and Respect
6. The Impact of Collective Worship
7. The Effectiveness of Religious Education