All young people have an entitlement to an experience of religious education. The curriculum gives young people the opportunity to gain an informed understanding of religious beliefs and worldviews.

Religious Education promotes the social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of young people. This subject prepares young people for the opportunities and experiences of later life.


At Key Stage 3, pupils follow the Barking and Dagenham Agreed Syllabus. We aim to ensure that all pupils know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews in order to create a safe, tolerant and caring community. Pupils also study how to express their ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions.

Year 7

  • Bridging Unit
  • Inspirational Leaders
  • Religious Theologies
  • Places of worship
  • Holy Books
  • Festivals
  • Special Journeys
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Divisions
  • Charity giving
  • Religious Art

Year 8

  • The Eden Project
  • Religion and Media
  • Cradle to the grave
  • Alternative Religions
  • War and Peace
  • Humanism
  • Myths and Legends
  • God
  • Symbology
  • Christian teachings and practices
  • Islamic teachings and practices


The aim of this course is to challenge and equip young people to lead constructive lives in the modern world. They are encouraged to develop their imagination and become aware of the spiritual dimension and the richness that this subject offers.

Students follow a thematic study of some central questions and issues in human life and experience. It explores the relevance of religious beliefs, practices, values and traditions to these questions and issues.

In Year 9, students begin the new GCSE course by studying the content of AQA Christianity teachings and practices, Islamic teachings and practices, Relationships and families, Religion and Life, Peace and Conflict and  Crime and Punishment.

AQA New GCSE Specification:

  • Christian teachings and practices
  • Islamic teachings and practices
  • Religion and Life
  • Crime and Punishment
  • War and Peace
  • Families and Relationships

The course offers students the option to further develop their knowledge and understanding by studying AS or A2 in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.

How the courses are assessed

AQA GCSE Specification:

Students are assessed by completing two papers. The first paper will be assessing students’ knowledge and evaluative skills on Christianity and Islam. The second paper will assess the students’ knowledge and evaluative skills on four philosophical and ethical themes. Each of which is a written paper of 1 hours and 45 minutes. They will be assessed for the following: Knowledge and Understanding – describe, explain and analyse; Evidence and Reasoned Argument – express and evaluate.

Extra-curricular opportunities/Homework expectations

Religious Education has links to other subjects such as History, English, Science and Geography. These links mean that students are increasingly enabled to develop both their knowledge and understanding and their expression and communication through the skills that they gain and deploy.

There are opportunities for students to research and investigate key concepts and questions; to enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully and to articulate beliefs and values in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

Homework is set every week and could be either for Preparation, Stretch or Challenge. Students are expected to submit their homework by the deadline set by their class teacher. Failure to submit homework will mean a 20 minute detention given on the same day. Non-attendance to the first set detention will result in a 40 minute detention. If the student fails to attend the second set department, he/she will then be given a department detention.

Links and how to support your child at home

As Religious Education involves a great deal of discussion about contemporary matters, you can assist your child by discussing current affairs and encouraging them to read newspapers and watch the news on a regular basis. It is also important that they are aware of the different viewpoints they will come across. Encourage your child to read widely as this is a skill that they will need throughout their lives.

Your child’s education is a partnership between the school and you as carers. It is therefore vital that you support your child in ensuring that all homework tasks are completed to the best of their ability.