British Values in Religious Education

During class discussion all pupils and students develop skills to listen, respond, appreciate and respect everyone point of view. Teachers ensure that all pupils are listened by other pupils and staff. Teachers reinforce the value of everyone’s opinions in class debates. In evaluation questions all pupils must consider another point of view and the impact of this on their lives. We emphasise that each and every one of us is ‘created in the image and likeness’ of God. A clear behaviour policy to explain to all in the first lesson in September. During lessons we highlight the rules of the Church and God eg 10 Commandments and Catechism of the Catholic Church. All teachers encourage all pupils to become independent learners and we provide all pupils with opportunities for reflection. We constantly promote respect for others as good manners.

Through the study of RE and Ethics pupils and students develop:

an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process

  • units highlighting UK law and how it affects Christian principles
  • the role of politics and religion: separation of church and state

an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety;

  • Creation topic: environmental laws and looking after the world
  • Stewardship: the law appeals to both rulers and ruled alike
  • Church in Britain Unit: the development of the Rule of Law in English law, a legal system created uniquely in a Catholic England, inspired by Christian values and becoming a major influence
  • moral dilemmas- capital punishment, War and Peace
  • the needs for law and order in societies and how following laws lead to wellbeing and safely
  • examining how law is applicable of people with and without faith
  • at the role of politics and religion

an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

  • similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism
  • discussion on how modern Jewish people live their lives
  • the Reformation and persecution of Christians of different denominations
  • War and Peace Conscientious objectors and the attitudes religious people may have to war
  • religious freedom and religious pluralism
  • values of tolerance, liberty and justice

an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour:

  • similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism
  • the role of an informed conscience when making ethical decisions
  • Gospel links with social and community cohesion, for example parallels between disagreements over the Sabbath and Sunday trading laws today
  • the media and the right to comment on religious beliefs about life after death
  • inter-faith marriage
  • study of ‘extremism’ ‘poverty’ ‘racism’ and ‘immigration’
  • applied Ethics is studied focuses on different beliefs and opinions and the basis for this

an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination:

  • the issues of exile both in the Old Testament and in currently
  • examples of how Jesus encouraged tolerance in stories such as the Good Samaritan