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Religious Education

Curriculum Overviews

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11

Subject: Religion

Faculty Leader: Ms R Proctor

Deputy Faculty Leader: Mrs A McCreesh


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

'To ensure our pupils enjoy and achieve in Religious Education whilst fully engaging with the religious and cultural ethos of our school.'

Inspirational Quote

'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you came to birth I consecrated you.'

Jeremiah 1: 4 - 5

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current religious education curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

  • To provide a broad balanced challenging curriculum that develops pupils' spiritually and academically. Such a curriculum that develops pupil's knowledge, understanding of the Catholic faith, whilst deepening their understanding of other world religions.
  • To provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and confidence to approach social and moral issues in a diverse society reflecting on Catholic Social Teachings (CST).
  • To examine various religious beliefs in a Multi-Faith Society so that pupils can demonstrate tolerance towards others, as part of SMSC.
  • To help pupils focus and evaluate the key religious teachings and principles of the Catholic faith through Catholic values, The Catechism, reflecting scripture and Sources of Wisdom and Authority.
  • To understand Jesus' ministry and key moral teachings and apply these to our daily life to fulfil our school's Mission Statement.

KS4 Course Rationale

Eduqas/Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies

  • The Religious Studies Curriculum follows the GCSE guidance and those outlined by the Diocesan guidance. PSHE, Citizenship, Drug Education, Sex and Relationship Education is taught within the curriculum. The curriculum is delivered in 10% of curriculum time over the key stage as per Diocesan guidance.
  • Year 9 and 10:Study Edexcel Religious Studies Specification A: Catholic Christianity with Judaism.
  • Year 11: Study WJEC Eduqas Religious Studies Specification B: Catholic Christianity and Judaism.
  • The qualification allows for a wide breadth of study, covering a range of issues on a local, regional, national and global scale.
  • Question style on assessment materials is more accessible for cohorts with lower literacy ability.

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