All information is from the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, 2012.
Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. This revised agreed syllabus develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, religious traditions and world views that can provide questions and stimulate discussion to consider answers to such questions.
The Importance of Religious Education
Religious education should:
• provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
• develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions and world-views, which offer answers to such questions.
• develop pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, forms of expression and the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
• encourage pupils to learn from the diversity of different religions, beliefs, values and traditions whilst affirming their own faith or search for meaning.
• challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses.
• encourage pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging and enable them to flourish individually within their communities, as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.
• play an important role in preparing pupils for adult life and employment, enabling them to develop respect and sensitivity to others, in particular those with different faiths and beliefs, and to combat prejudice and negative discrimination.