Birmingham Agreed Syllabus
At Yardley Primary School we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007 for Religious Education – 'Faith Makes a Difference'.
The Birmingham Religious Education syllabus takes seriously the overarching aims set out for education as a whole in the 1988 Education Reform Act. These are as follows:
The curriculum for a maintained school satisfies the requirements of this section if it is a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and
Prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of adult life.
In other words, the Religious Education syllabus primarily develops (a) pupils and (b) society. This takes the main focus away from religious traditions as such and sees these traditions more as a means to realising the overarching aims, i.e. Religious Education develops pupils/society and is not Religious Studies.
In RE we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable the children to develop a sound knowledge of world religions and to develop mutual respect of different faiths and beliefs through twenty four dispositions which are grouped into six clusters:
During RE children have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to have faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions. Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. Religious Education promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by helping them: to be reflective about their own beliefs; to be respectful of others with different faiths and beliefs; to celebrate diversity and to develop a greater understanding, tolerance and respect of those around them in Modern Britain. Our RE curriculum is broadly Christian to reflect the main religious traditions in Britain, whilst simultaneously incorporating the religious background of our community during RE lessons and Collective Worship.