Religious Education (RE)
At Leopold we are committed to a clear and sensitive programme of Religious Education.
One that enables pupils to explore meaning and purpose in their lives and provides, within the curriculum, a reminder that education concerns the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The Education Reform Act of 1988 requires that the spiritual and moral development of pupils is part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It is a legal requirement that Religious Education is taught unless a parent makes a request to the Head teacher for a child to be withdrawn.
Religious Education contributes to the education of each child and has an equal standing with other subjects in the national curriculum. As a school we support the government’s commitment to strengthen the position of RE within the school as a means of promoting respect, understanding and tolerance for those who adhere to other religions.
The school aims to promote the spiritual and moral growth of the pupils through an exploration of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and other principle religions. Children are always encouraged to take an active part in the subject and the questions they ask are always valued.
At Leopold Religious Education is taught in accordance with a locally agreed syllabus (in our case the Brent Agreed Syllabus, 2002). We teach Religious Education according to the aims of the Brent Agreed Syllabus and it is clearly stated that Religious Education should not attempt to alter a child’s own beliefs or to convert pupils or urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils. But, rather, to provide a knowledge of their own and other’ beliefs, as well as, engaging children with profoundly challenging questions about how they live with their own beliefs and about how they live with those who have different beliefs (Education Act 1944, section 26).
As a school, we are proud to say that as well as the Religious Education curriculum being taught to each child, Celebrations and Festivals are an essential part of the school year. Children are provided with an exciting, lively, fun and most importantly educational experience. The whole school, from Nursery to Year 6 are involved in either a day of cross curricula activities or a special assembly with performances by our children and of course parents are invited. So far this year we have successfully celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Harvest, Eid, Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter!