Why do we teach RE ?

Religious Education has never been more relevant, engaging or challenging as religion and religious issues are in the news every day. It emphasises respect for others, regardless of their beliefs, race or social status.  In our diverse society, children need an understanding of other principal religions and other world views.  In teaching about the beliefs and traditions of other people, the subject promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat issues such as prejudice.  It also gives children the opportunity to discuss challenging questions such as: the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, why people believe what they believe and the difference between right and wrong.  Teaching Religious education helps children make sense of what they themselves believe and think thus encouraging them to recognize their value in society and the global community.