"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation." Mahatma Gandhi (an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist)
We follow the Oxfordshire agreed syllabus for R.E. teaching across the school. The current Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE runs from 2015 to 2020. The Local Authority worked through its Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) to devise this syllabus.
SACRE is a body made up of people who represent all the major faiths and educational stakeholders. The syllabus reflects the central concern of the SACRE and Agreed Syllabus Conference: to provide practical, professional guidance and support to teachers in setting high standards for learning in RE.
The syllabus offers the six elements of programmes of study, which provide for a comprehensive and balanced study of religions - these are:
- Places of faith;
- Holy books and sources of authority;
- The natural world;
- Festivals, celebrations, customs, practices and lifestyles;
- Founders and leaders;
- Expressing meaning and symbolism.
The RE syllabus requires the exploration of questions and answers in the light of human experience and authentic encounters with religions, using key questions to develop and energise pupils' learning. There are opportunities for pupils to learn from Christianity and the other principal religions of the world represented in the UK and school.