Atherton St George's CE Primary School


Why is RE important?

RE helps pupil’s own personal development as well as supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, including challenges which arise in these areas as a part of their lives. It can tackle difficult questions which equips our pupils with the wisdom they need to challenge stereotypes, promote community cohesion and tackle extremism. The teaching of RE is pivotal in encouraging pupils to value both themselves and the communities in which they live - an increasingly important quality in today’s ever-adapting society. Additionally, RE is relevant for all children, regardless of their own religion or beliefs as it develops an understanding of world religions; demonstrate how beliefs influence families, cultures and communities; encourages reflection on issues of justice and truth; provokes questions on deeper themes, such as the meaning of life; offers opportunities for personal reflection; and develops and affirms personal identity, including how to be a responsible citizen.

Careers that the study of RE supports include:

  • Member of clergy
  • A multitude of roles within the caring profession such as:
  • Carer
  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Teacher
  • An array of roles related to social justice such as:
  • Lawyer
  • Police
  • Judge
  • Social worker

Trust vision for RE

Our vision for RE across the Trust encapsulates our determination to enhance the pupils Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

  • To encourage in children, spiritual and moral values such as love, belonging, joy, courage and endeavor as well as tolerance, forgiveness and
  • To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews being studied.
  • To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  • To recognise the concept of religion and its continuing influence on Britain’s cultural heritage and in the lives of individuals and societies in different times, cultures and places.
  • To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways living, believing and thinking.
  • To ensure all pupils access a sequential, progressive and inspiring curriculum which enables pupils to develop a rich and deep knowledge and understanding of Christian beliefs and practices.