At The Russell School, we believe that it is important for children to learn about the beliefs and values held by others. The acquisition of skills and attitudes developed through Religious Education are an important part of the development of children’s learning and are crucial for their lives as members of a multicultural society.
Religious Education in this school reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of other principal religions. The teaching follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus, and is drawn from the study of Christianity in its many forms, and recognises Christianity's formative influence upon the country's culture.
However, our curriculum also recognises that we live in a multi-racial society and Religious Education contributes to the process of education for world understanding. Religious Education is not simply just teaching religious faiths and beliefs, but giving children the opportunity of exploring the spiritual and moral dimensions of life in a safe, supportive environment.
Parents have a legal right to request for their children to be excluded from Religious Education lessons. Any child who does not take part will be looked after by a Teaching Assistant or may join another class for the duration of the lesson. Parents must discuss this with the Headteacher before making a formal request.