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Religious Education & Ethics

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Vision and Philosophy

Religious education provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, other religious traditions and other world views that offer answers to questions such as these. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.

Religious education encourages pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning. It challenges pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses. Religious education encourages pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging. It enables them to flourish individually within their communities and as citizens in a pluralistic society and global community.

Religious education has an important role in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. It promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice.


The RE Long Term Plan at Broadoak follows the North Somerset Locally Agreed Syllabus and  is well placed to work within this, helping students to develop and encourage an enquiring mind, and to examine him or herself, their immediate community and other’s lives on a national and global scale.


At Key Stage 4 Religious Education is offered as an option however it is also a key part of the PSHCE curriculum giving all students their entitlement to investigate aspects of Religious Education throughout their time at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College.

Ethics and Philosophy at Key Stage 4 follows the Eduqas Religious studies specification. Students will study four ethical issues and will study two world faiths.

The course takes a distinctive issues based approach to the study of religious, philosophical and ethical studies in the modern world. The course will also enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding of two religion and provides opportunities for learners to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and their place within it. Following this GCSE course will deepen understanding of religions and their effect on society. It will develop learners’ competence in a wide range of skills and approaches and enable young people to become religiously informed and thoughtful, engaged citizens.

This specification provides a solid basis for further study in this and related subject areas.


Homework enhances pupil learning, improves achievement and develops students’ personal learning and thinking skills and as such is an integral part of the curriculum. It requires careful planning and integration into the schemes of learning of each curriculum area.

In Year 7 students will have Humanities homework the equivalent of 1 hour per week. In Year 8 and 9 homework is divided into Geography, History and RE. Students will undertake various different types of homework including Extended Projects, writing tasks, research, model making and practical research.

Meet the Team

Mr D McFaulHead of Humanities
Mrs J OnslowTeacher of Ethics
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