Our Christian Distinctiveness
Religious Education in the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus
The key features of this Agreed Syllabus are to:
• develop a deep knowledge and understanding of key religious concepts;
• become religiously literate adults;
• be encouraged to learn about religion and explore the beliefs of others;
• develop the ability to contribute positively to society and cultivate an understanding and respect for others and themselves;
• value both the commonality and diversity present in the world through gaining an understanding and respect for the main world religions;
• ask ultimate questions.
This syllabus has six key strands:
• beliefs, teachings and sources;
• practices and ways of life;
• forms of expression;
• identity and belonging;
• meaning, purpose and truth;
• values and commitments.
The aims of RE in Church Schools are:
• to enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
• to enable pupils to know and understand about other world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
• to contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
Our expectation is that all pupils are religiously literate and as a minimum are able to:
• give a theologically informed and thoughtful account of Christianity as a living and diverse faith.
• show an informed and respectful attitude to religions and world views in their search for God and meaning.
• engage in meaningful and informed dialogues with those of other faiths and none.
• reflect critically and responsibly on their own spiritual, philosophical and ethical convictions.
Also, please see internet links below to our partner Churches' websites offering a wealth of information on education in Church Schools: