Religious, philosophical and ethical education enables children and young people to explore the world’s major religions and approaches to living which are independent of religious belief, and to be challenged by these different beliefs and values. It supports children and young people in developing responsible attitudes to other people, their values and their capacity for moral and ethical judgement. The study of the world’s religions is an essential feature of religious and moral education for all children and young people.
Children should build secure knowledge of the following:
- a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world religions and recognise religion as an important expression of human experience
- moral and ethical values such as wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity
- the responses which religions can offer to questions about the nature and meaning of life
- the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking, and deciding how to act when making moral decisions
- beliefs, attitudes, moral values and practices through personal search, discovery and critical evaluation, and make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action.