Religious Education

Course Outline

In the Humanities Faculty we pride ourselves on our inclusive approach to education. Religious Education is considered by students, staff and parents to be a valuable academic subject. In the RE department staff are not only concerned with developing student’s knowledge and understanding of world religions (this strand of Religious Studies is identified in the Agreed Syllabus as Attainment Target 1 – Learning about Religions) but also to contributing to the development of students as individuals and well balanced citizens. Students will study religion in the context of contemporary moral issues and will develop vital analytical and evaluative skills that will contribute to informing their choices and decisions both in adolescence and later in adulthood.


An equally important aim is the strand of Religious Education identified by the Agreed Syllabus as Attainment Target 2 – Learning from Religions and Religious Themes. This area of Religious Education encourages students to reflect upon and consider the religious themes and topics that they have studied, thus aiding their social, moral, spiritual,  personal and cultural development.


These are the two major aims of RE at Mexborough Academy. However the department identifies several other sound academic reasons why students should undertake Religious Education as part of their secondary education.


The majority of people who have ever lived, indeed who are living now on our planet have professed or do profess a religion. It is not possible to understand humans if you do not take into account the religious background and motivations which are and have been relevant for the bulk of humanity.


Britain is a multi-racial and multi-faith society. Religious Education contributes to a greater understanding and therefore empathetic tolerance of cultures different to the cultures of our students.


With the emergence of fundamentalist, liberal and other religious movements throughout the world, debates on women priests, sexual ethics and other controversial issues means religion is more often than not in the news. Religious Education can help provide a background against which these often confusing issues can be understood, thereby contributing to the development of an informed knowledge amongst students.


Religious Education provides opportunities for the kind of personal development as outlined above to take place by the following means:-


  • By giving students the opportunity to evaluate the various topics we cover they can begin to develop rational opinions.
  • By giving students the opportunity to reflect on their own backgrounds, interests, experiences and lives, students can be assisted to gain greater self-understanding.
  • By promoting an empathetic understanding of other people, religions and cultures, Religious Education can assist students to understand we live in a complicated world with many competing and complementary ways of approaching the ‘truth’.


There should be no suggestion that Religious Education is a vehicle for promoting the values of a specific religion, or indeed of religion in general. We aspire to an objective, ‘non-confessional’ approach to the subject which is open to discussion and debate to students of any faith or of no faith at all.


Key Topics

Year 7

Thematic based learning

Why RS is important?

The Island

What makes Britain Great?

A Dangerous World

Time Travel



Year 8

Enquiry Based Learning Projects:

Civil Rights

The Afterlife

The Media

The Holocaust

Crime and Punishment


Year 9

GCSE Religion and Life Unit 1

Introduction to GCSE: Skills & Knowledge

Believing in God

Matters of Life and Death

Marriage and the Family


Year 10

GCSE Religion and Society Unit 8

Religion and Community Cohesion

Religion and Social Responsibility

Religion and the Environment

Peace and Conflict


Year 11

Crime and Punishment

Revision and catch up from both religion and life and religion and society (Unit 1 and unit H)

Focus on exam technique and intensive past paper practice