Religious Education

Our distinctive Christian values permeate through everything we do at Brookland. These values are the foundations for how we treat each other and work together to achieve ‘a brighter future’,

Religious Education:

  • Provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human
  • Encourages students to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses. This also builds resilience to anti-democratic or extremist narratives
  • Enables students to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
  • Teaches students to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
  • Prompts students to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion
  • Develops a sense of awe, wonder and mystery

The legal Position of Religious Education

RE must be provided for all registered pupils at the school in accordance with Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. In Canterbury Diocese, the Diocesan Board of Education recommends that all Church schools follow the Diocesan Schemes of Work which are based on the Kent Locally Agreed Syllabus. This takes account of the 1996 Education Act which requires the syllabus to reflect that the religious traditions of Great Britain are in the main Christian whist taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. Religious Education is inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools [SIAMS]).

Right of withdrawal

We firmly believe that RE is an important subject in the children’s learning. It is a major contributor to the ethos of our school. However, we fully recognise the legal right of parents to withdraw their children from all or any part of RE on the grounds of conscience. We do encourage parents to contact the Headteacher if they have any concerns about RE provision and practice at the school.