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Religious Education is a compulsory subject as it is a legal requirement for schools to teach the subject throughout all key stages. All pupils at key stage 4 will gain a full course GCSE. At key stage 5 we offer A level Philosophy and Ethics which in recent years has been a popular A level with pupils achieving excellent results. The school follows the Ealing Agreed Syllabus which is advised by Ealing SACRE.
"How children and adults see each other’s religious and philosophical traditions is a sensitive issue, one which reflects the health of a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. This is especially important in such a diverse borough as Ealing, and on the whole our schools have a good reputation as regards creating the kind of environment where students feel comfortable sharing their experiences.
Religious education is a subject particularly suited to encouraging tolerance and the broadening of horizons, and it is the hope of Ealing’s SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) that our work is helpful and supportive of schools in this regard. We also hope to contribute to understanding and co-operation in British society by participating in local social cohesion initiatives."
(Taken from the Ealing SACRE more information can be found at this link http://www.egfl.org.uk/categories/teaching/curriculum/subjects/re/)
RE at Ellen Wilkinson School For Girls provides opportunities for pupils to:
· Reflect upon challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.
· Explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
· Develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and challenge prejudice
· Consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.