Minerva Learning Trust

Religious Education

Religious Education

What will my child learn in this subject?

Our Ethos 

As RE teachers, we have a responsibility to ensure that our learners are religiously literate citizens prepared for a diverse world. We will challenge and inspire learners, developing an awareness of modern world issues through an intellectually challenging and personally enriching curriculum. Our learners will be curious, yet informed, respectful but critical, and objective whilst being reflective. Students will explore some of the ultimate questions that confront humanity and respond imaginatively to them. They will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues and construct written, well informed and balanced arguments on these matters. Students will gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. Above all, they will become tolerant citizens equipped for the multicultural and pluralistic society of today.

Our Aims

2 Year Plan 

GCSE RE will enable learners to become excellent communicators and critical thinkers who are religiously literate. Pupils will demonstrate that they are able to respectfully disagree with others and be reasonable about religion for themselves; deepening their reasons for holding the beliefs and values that matter to them. They will have the opportunity to study two world religions as well as non-religious beliefs and values, learning from the insights and experiences of others. They will be able to evaluate a range of viewpoints, make supported judgements and critically evaluate both religious and non-religious views. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit a place of worship during their 2 year GCSE.


  • To evaluate, analyse and think critically about religious issues and values, including their significance and influence
  • Interpret abstract ideas, religious sources of authority and modern world issues, developing and justifying personal opinions, attitudes and values as well as considering the opinions of others
  • To develop leadership and research skills
  • To become religiously literate and respectful
  • To be curious and reflective; contemplating ultimate questions
  • To work independently and collaboratively


  • Pupils will develop their religious literacy. They will have a wide range of religious vocabulary and be able to apply it accurately
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of two religions (Christianity and Islam); including their beliefs, practices, sources of authority, influence of individuals, communities and societies, similarities and differences within and/or between religions and beliefs.
  • Students will develop understanding of and be able to explain religious and non-religious attitudes and how these are applied to ethical issues