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Religious Education

Why do we teach RE?
There is no single answer to this! RE can contribute positively to social cohesion. It can provide children and young people with the resilience they need to resist certain extremist narratives; RE can encourage deep thought and personal reflection on big questions; it can foster an understanding of diversity and promote respectful attitudes.

For students to be able to understand our constantly changing world they need to be able to interpret religious issues & evaluate their significance. From the students’ first day at school RE gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today. It helps with their own personal development and supports an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social & cultural questions that surface again and again in their lives. In tackling difficult questions, RE provides students with insight that can work to challenge stereotypes, promote cohesion, and tackle misconceptions. RE does important work encouraging young people to value themselves and the communities within which they live.
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
- Explores the political and social impact of religion
- Encourages reflection on issues of justice and truth
- Provokes questions about the meaning of life
- Offers opportunities for personal reflection
- Develops and affirms personal identity and responsible citizenship
- Prepares children for adult life
Religious Education 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
- Safeguard ethical standards in public life
- Generate social and community cohesion
- Tackle extremism and religious discrimination
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The Curriculum
Key Stage 3 - 4
A-Level Religious Studies
At Key Stage 5 our students are entered for the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies. We believe this course allows our students to apply a wide range of concepts, enabling them to confidently interpret, contextualise and analyse the expressions of religions and world views they encounter. This course provides opportunities to explore three distinct components with possess clear synoptic links: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics, New Testament Studies as both distinct and synoptic.
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Student Reflection on A-Level RE
Core RE Post-16
Additionally, all students who go on to study in our sixth form engage with a tailor-made ‘critical thinking’ programme in both Year 12 and 13 which underpins 76 philosophical, ethical and theological conundrums which are explored on a weekly basis.
Archbishop of York Award
What is the 'Young Leaders Award'?
The Young Leaders Award (YLA) is a leadership and character education programme designed to be delivered within and beyond the classroom.

At St Wilfrid’s we invest in this award for all of our Year 8 students as we believe that young people have the power to change the world and become the leaders of the future.

We also believe that it is our duty to help our students to grow in ways that they are then able to transform society and to inspire others to do the same.
Through the award, students develop core skills through practical activities and team building challenges, including effective communication, creative thinking, emotional intelligence, humility and compassion. It also creates opportunities for social action enabling young people to be:
-        Confident in their leadership, character and personal wellbeing
-        Committed to serving others and working for social justice
-        Community minded bringing flourishing and hope to communities
In 2021:
•       261 students were entered
•       245 students completed the award
•       219 achieved the ‘developing leader’ award
•       26 achieved the ‘accomplished leader’ award
•       More than 245 hours were spent raising awareness about charitable-giving
•       3 charities were supported by the donation of our students: Nightsafe, Foodbank and The Street Pastors
•       100s of people now ‘better off’ as a consequence of the leadership and subsequent ‘giving’ of our students.

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