The importance of RE in school

The importance of RE in school
 
RE has intrinsic academic value, developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. While recognising and maintaining the distinctiveness of RE as a subject it can also make significant contributions to other parts of the school curriculum. It is important that teachers and pupils understand the major contribution that the subject makes to children and young people’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) as well as personal development and citizenship. RE enables pupils to understand their place in a diverse society where people have differing ways of seeing and appreciating the world. Through exploration of their own beliefs and values and study of those of others, pupils learn respect for a range of religious and cultural views and are therefore able to play an active role in developing a cohesive and compassionate society