Religious Education

At Park Street Church of England Primary School, we believe that Religious Education (RE) has a vital part to play in the development of all children at the primary age. This is due to the fact that it can make a substantial contribution to the general, personal and social development of the whole child which is in line with our aim to develop pupils who are honest, respectful of others, kind and enjoy learning.

At Park Street we follow the ‘SACRE Cambridgeshire Locally Agreed Syllabus 2023-2028. The link for this syllabus can be found here:

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/asset-library/agreed-syllabus-2023-28.pdf

We use the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource with the ‘Emmanuel Project’ for world faiths and views, to meet the statutory requirements of the Locally Agreed Syllabus 2023-2028

 

Aims of the Church of England Statement of Entitlement

Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10). The aims of RE teaching in our Church school are:

  • To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
  • To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  • To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
  • To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.

Follow the link for the full Church of England Statement of Entitlement.

Parental right of withdrawal from RE

This was first granted in 1944 when curricular RE was called ‘Religious Instruction’ and carried with it connotations
of induction into the Christian faith. RE is very different now – open, broad and exploring a range of religious and
non-religious worldviews. In the UK, parents still have the right to withdraw their children from RE on the grounds
that they wish to provide their own RE. This provision will be the parents’ responsibility.6 This right of withdrawal
exists for all pupils in all types of school, including schools with and without a religious designation. Students aged
18 or over have the right to withdraw themselves from RE. Parents also have the right to withdraw their child from
part of RE, and can do so without giving any explanation

Prospective Parents

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