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Religious Education

At Bolder Academy, our Religious Education curriculum is designed to develop our students into kind, strong, brave young adults where a Bolder future awaits. 

The aims of the Religious Education Curriculum 

The aims of the Religious Education curriculum are to: 

Explore faith, spirituality and an awareness of themselves and others. 

Develop a deeper sense of their own beliefs and values by reflecting on why they think and act in particular ways. 

Ask challenging and ultimate questions within a context of mutual trust and respect. 

Promote community cohesion by providing a key context to develop young people’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, and to promote shared values and to challenge racism and discrimination. 

How we deliver Religious Education 

Religious Education is part of the Culture and Society curriculum, where students have 1 hour of learning per week. Students follow the syllabus set out by SACRE entitled ‘Widening Horizons’.  

Students are taught: 

To discuss the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. 

Knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and other major world faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism as well as ethical non-theistic traditions, such as Humanism. 

An awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, as well as of the influence of religious and other beliefs on individuals, families, communities and cultures. 

To foster respect for, and sensitivity to, individuals and communities of different faiths and beliefs by promoting discernment and combating prejudice. 

Our intended Impact in Religious Education 

We will know if we have been successful when our students live and breathe our three core values within the Academy and beyond. When they demonstrate: 

  • Kindness: Becoming independent and reflective thinkers that contribute positively to society.  
  • Strength: By showing appreciation and respect of worldviews, and the recognition and promotion of British values. 
  • Bravery: An ability to create a safe space to discuss, experience and respond well to difference – a space where students can engage with controversial issues and learn to disagree respectfully with each other. 

Equally, we want to prepare students effectively for the current and next stage in their learning, whether this be GCSE or A Level examination, University study or the world of work.