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Religious Education

At Eden School we believe it is a fundamental right to be allowed to practise whatever
religion you choose or no religion at all. Our pupils leave Eden School with a respect for
people of faith, a tolerance of those who are different to them, a strong sense of social
justice and the ability to articulate their own personal views.

The Religious Studies curriculum has been carefully engineered to address misconceptions
and equip every pupil with sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge to enable them to
make sense of a range of religious and non-religious world views. The curriculum is
designed using the Blackburn with Darwen Agreed Syllabus, a consideration of our local
context and the needs of our pupils. All pupils acquire knowledge of the principal religions
represented in Great Britain (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism).

In Religious Studies, we build and increasingly sophisticated understanding of religion by
equipping pupils with essential knowledge in the following three categories:
Religious content and concepts – This is the core knowledge of religions and increasingly
sophisticated knowledge of religious concepts that are both specific to and stretch across
all religions.

‘Ways of knowing’  – This is the development of a pupils understanding of how the
knowledge of religions is formed through enquiry into how claims about religion came
about and the range of different scholarly methods of how religion is studied.

‘Personal knowledge’ – This is the development of how pupils can learn from religion and
the relationship of their own personal views to the views and beliefs of others.
Pupils often access the knowledge of the curriculum through the lens of ‘shared human
experiences’ that support them to find what all people have in common, before
investigating the diversity of religious and non-religious worldviews. We also support our
pupils to understand the diversity within religions to enable them to make sense of faith in
more depth.

Alongside our core curriculum, we foster a love of the subject by offering a range of
enrichment activities. This includes an inter-faith day, visits to religious places of worship
and work with the Anne Frank Trust UK, Holocaust Memorial Trust to engage pupils with
the lived realities of religion and religious believers.

Curriculum Maps

“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher