Religious Education at Northwood Primary School encourages pupils to think about key world religions and ethical issues. This includes considering the range of different beliefs between and within religions as well as developing their own moral and ethical viewpoints on religious issues. This takes place through the studying of a religion's beliefs and practices as well as exploring social and cultural contemporary issues.
Pupils will be able to express and reflect upon key ethical and religious issues as well as listen to and respect viewpoints that are not their own. This supports pupils in living in modern British society.
Withdrawal from Religious Education
Every maintained school in England must provide a basic curriculum (RE, sex education
and the National Curriculum). This includes provision for RE for all registered pupils at the school (including those in the sixth form), except for those withdrawn by their parents (or withdrawing themselves if they are aged 18 or over) in accordance with Schedule 19 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The use of the right to withdraw should be at the instigation of parents (or pupils themselves if
they are aged 18 or over), and it should be made clear whether it is from the whole of the subject or specific parts of it. No reasons need be given. If pupils are withdrawn from RE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Information on the provision made for Religious Education and of
parental right of withdrawal must be included in the school or college prospectus.
Religious Education assemblies take place every other week. All religions are celebrated to ensure children learn about religion and learn from religion. Guest speakers are invited to take assemblies on a regular basis. Assemblies encourage our pupil to learn from others, to reflect and analyse and develop a sense of identity and belonging. They encourage respect and sensitivity towards others. These have an important role in preparing young people for later life, employment lifelong learning in a multi – culture society.