The RE Department at George Salter Academy consists of highly motivated and enthusiastic teachers who are determined to ensure that all students succeed.
As an Academy we are not obliged to adhere to the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus. However, in our curriculum planning we do consider and utilise it as guidance. As such, our curriculum provides all students with the opportunity to; Make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, Understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious beliefs and Make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas. In addition, at Key Stage 3 all students explore the views of the 6 main world religions and non-religious views held by Atheists and Humanists. This is representative of both our school and community. We ensure that the RE curriculum at George Salter Academy, both in content and delivery ensures that students, “explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live, so that pupils can gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living”, which is the aim of RE as stated in the Sandwell Agreed Syllabus.
The Sandwell Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018 – 2023: https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200295/schools_and_learning/4425/the_sandwell_agreed_syllabus_for_religious_education
The RE curriculum should give a broad understanding of all 6 major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism). Students should gain a depth and breadth of knowledge about the beliefs and practices of each religion. They should also develop empathy and respect for others regardless of their religious preferences. They will understand the importance and place of religion in the world today, historically and culturally through the study of ethical and philosophical issues and consider the significance and impact of religion upon the individual and the community.
The RE Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.
Mrs L Hickman (Head of Department), email: [email protected]