Global learning and REEngaging with different religions and worldviews, considering identity and diversity, looking at sources of wisdom such as religious texts, and asking challenging questions are all at the heart of Religious Education (RE) and can contribute to global learning in schools.
RE provides opportunities for pupils to pursue enquiries into the impact of religious teaching on the actions of believers from different religions and worldviews, for example through studying the work of individuals, communities and charitable organisations. Important skills in RE include the ability to evaluate critically, to question and learn from other people’s points of view, and to agree and disagree respectfully, for example through undertaking dialogue with people from other religions, cultures and places, and identifying similarities, differences and questions from the ideas discussed.
The non-statutory National Curriculum Framework for RE (2013) produced by the Religious Education Council (REC) shows the links between RE and global learning in its aims, for example:
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews
- express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues
- gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all.
Additional resources have been provided to give information and examples of how RE can support global learning. These are:
- an overview for Key Stage 2 and a selection of case studies that suggest teaching and learning activities for primary schools:
- an overview for Key Stage 3 and a selection of case studies that suggest teaching and learning activities for secondary schools:
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