Good Religious Education allows students to enter into the wider world as a more-well rounded, understanding and respectful individual.
It became a compulsory subject after the Second World War and was put in place as a preventative measure to combat the prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination that Jewish people and other minorities faced under Nazi occupation.
At Eden School we believe that it is the fundamental right of all people to be allowed to practise whatever religion they choose or even to practice no religion at all.
At the heart of Religious Education at Eden School, we aim to empower students, to instil a passion within each young person to defend and protect Human Rights for all regardless of race, ability, nationality or religion.
Our students 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.
Through learning about others, we learn about ourselves.
RE leads us to many questions and provides a space for young people to think freely about who they are and what they choose to be.
In years 7 and 8 the Religious Studies Curriculum has been designed to follow an inquiry-based approach to learning which focuses on improving standards of religious literacy and understanding; it is designed to be the ideal platform for further study of the subject at examination level at GCSE or studies for the RE short course.
Our KS3 curriculum has been designed to seamlessly flow from the knowledge gained in KS2 and allows for all our pupils to study the main six world religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.
Every student will be challenged to reflect upon different concepts of God, the key practices of each faith, their Holy texts, festivals and traditional dress.
Through the study of these world religions students will also learn about cultures and societies from around the world, including how religion has helped to shape them.
Through the curriculum, students get to explore the diversity of different world views and see what similarities we hold as members of a global community.
Currently, our students in key stage four follow our RE Short Course pathway which links in with our PSHE Scheme of Work, Wellbeing and Life Skills lessons.
There will be a focus on Christianity and Islam as the principle study of religion, philosophy and practices.
We also investigate four ethical themes; Religion and Life, Relationships and Families, Crime and Punishment and Human Rights and Social Justice.
Eden school is based in Blackburn with Darwen Authority where there is a high level of depravity, creating a disadvantaged start in the education needs of our pupils. The Religious Studies course at Eden School is an amalgamation of religious ideas and ethical practices, allowing Eden students to delve into controversial topics whilst giving a consideration of their own values and opinions, expanding their own world view and providing a deeper understanding of the world around them and beyond Eden.