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Irk Valley Community School

Irk Valley Community School

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Religious Education

The Subject leader for Religious Education is Miss Sloan

What is Religious Education?


Throughout their time at school children are introduced to many different faiths.  Religious Education (RE) aims to help develop pupils knowledge of the world's principal religious traditions and worldviews and promote tolerance and understanding.

RE provides opportunities for children to reflect and analyse, to discuss and debate, to explore and discover and to learn more about the world in which they live.

It also does important work encouraging young people to value themselves and the communities in which they live.


At Irk Valley we learn about and celebrate many different religions.



Religious Education

  • is relevant for all children, whatever their religion or beliefs
  • teaches understanding of world religions and beliefs
  • shows how religion influences individuals, families, communities and cultures
  • encourages reflection
  • prepares children for adult life


RE can help:

  • promote respect for self and others
  • contribute to an understanding of history and culture
  • enhance our understanding of global affairs
  • develop personal well-being and happiness


RE in British Schools is:

  • admired across the world

  • about modern belief

  • a chance to learn about religion without feeling pressurised

  • up to date, relevant and enjoyable


In RE pupils will learn about:

  • what people believe

  • how people show their beliefs in their daily lives

  • how people explain what they believe and understand using symbols and stories


This helps children to:

  • make sense of who they are

  • make sense of life

  • make sense of right & wrong

  • develop tolerance and respect for other people's beliefs

  • be better informed citizens