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Religious Studies

‘Inspiring confident global citizens with a wealth of opportunities to shape the future’

Religious Studies Intent

In Religious Studies at BVGA we seek to enhance and broaden the young minds of all our students, often through posing some big and controversial questions. Our aim is always to promote the appreciation of the diversity of beliefs and practices that exist not only in Britain but throughout the wider world. We endeavour to create a safe space for students to openly express their own opinions on both their own values and beliefs and consider the views of others with respect and appreciation.

As a team of passionate, enthusiastic teachers of religious studies our aim is to create an environment that enhances learning both Academic, social, moral and spiritual.

This enables our students to apply this wealth of knowledge, creating a wider spectrum of choices when they take up their role in wider society. Students are taught empathy, consideration and understanding of others. We broaden student’s horizons by considering a range of religious beliefs and practices and develop the discussion of philosophical and ethical issues. 

Our aim is to prepare our students for their role in the diverse world in which they will live and work. We allow students to foster pride in who they are whilst challenging harmful stereotypes and negative perceptions of others.  Students are always presented with challenges that allow them to build resilience and develop diplomacy thereby inspiring confident global citizens with a wealth of opportunities to shape the future. 

Confident Learners

Confident Communicators

Confident Future Citizens

To create confident learners, the Religious Studies curriculum is:

  • Challenging and ambitious
  • Sequenced to build on prior knowledge
  • Resourced with high quality materials
  • Includes a range of perspectives

To create confident communicators, the Religious Studies curriculum:

  • Provides opportunities for debate
  • Discussion of own beliefs and others
  • Students listen to others respectfully

To create confident future citizens, the Religious Studies  curriculum:

  • Makes real world links
  • Promotes global citizenship
  • Inspires positive change
  • Challenges stereotypes

The Religious Studies curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Take ownership of their learning
  • Be creative
  • Read original sources of authority
  • Learn independently

The Religious Studies curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Have their voice heard
  • Express their own views
  • Ask questions and challenge views
  • Appreciate and respect the views of others

The Religious Studies curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Learn from the real adherents of a faith
  • Visit places of worship
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Develop diplomacy skills
  • Make links with career opportunities

The Key Concepts running through Religious Studies   

The respect, appreciation and knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the 6 major world faiths/ The understanding of how belief leads to certain practices/ Awareness of the nature of secular beliefs and practices and the diversity that exists within religions/Using religion as a force for positive social change/ How religion and belief can link to moral values/ The discussion of ethical principles and how these apply to modern issues/The discussion of philosophical concepts and how philosophy and faith interlink