3. Range and content
This section outlines the breadth of the subject on which teachers should draw when teaching the key concepts and key processes.
The study of RE should include:
- at least two other principal religions
- a religious community of local significance, where appropriate
- a secular world view, where appropriate.
All of the above can be taught through the following themes:
- beliefs and concepts: the key ideas and questions of meaning in religions and beliefs, including issues related to God, truth, the world, human life, and life after death
- authority: different sources of authority and how they inform believers’ lives
- religion and science: issues of truth, explanation, meaning and purpose
- expressing spirituality: how and why understanding of the self and human experiences is expressed in a variety of forms
- ethics and relationships: questions and influences that inform ethical and moral choices, including forgiveness and issues of good and evil
- rights and responsibilities: what religions and beliefs say about human rights and responsibilities, social justice and citizenship
- global issues – what religions and beliefs say about health, wealth, war, animal rights and the environment
- interfaith dialogue – a study of relationships, conflicts and collaboration within and between religions and beliefs.