RE statement of intent
By the time they leave Northgate we aim for our children to;
Understand and respect all faiths and beliefs, including those without and to be tolerant of all members of society locally and in the wider world.
At Northgate, we believe in the importance of developing good relationships throughout all aspects of school, and everyday life. Religious Education has a crucial part to play in helping children to recognise and appreciate the contribution religion has made to how many people see the world. We believe it is important not only to learn about religion, but also to learn from religion.
The school follows the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Somerset and North Somerset entitled “Awareness, Mystery and Value”.
RE and the Three Statutory Aims of the Curriculum
In terms of curriculum development, there are three statutory aims. The three statutory aims of the curriculum are to develop successful learners (who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve), confident individuals (who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives) and responsible citizens (who make a positive contribution to society). Religious Education plays a significant role in the progression of these principal aims.
Right of Withdrawal
In accordance with the Education Act 1996 and the School Standards and Framework Act 1988, parents/ carers of pupils at Northgate have the right to request that their child be excused from all or part of the RE provided. We ensure that parents who want to withdraw their children from RE are aware that RE is taught in an objective way that is relevant to all pupils and respects their own personal beliefs. These parents/ carers are also made aware of what is covered in the RE curriculum and are given opportunity to discuss this, if they wish.