Religious Education


Religious Education is taught throughout Years 7-13, in accordance with both the National Curriculum and the Local Authority's Agreed Syllabus. Varied teaching and learning methods are used and students are encouraged to think for themselves, exploring religious beliefs and practices in order to gain understanding of both their own cultural heritage and of the variety of traditions that are influential in the modern world. All NLS students follow an excellent GCSE 'full course' in R.E. in Years 9, 10 and 11, enabling them to gain GCSE certification for their work.


The R.E. department provides a forward thinking and active approach to Religious Education at NLS. Throughout KS3 and KS4 we cover Christianity, the other main world religions (Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism) and a secular world viewpoint. Visits and visitors are a high priority and provided to each year group each year, which includes local churches, the Leamington Gurdwara, Auschwitz in Poland and visits by local Christian groups and Holocaust survivors.


At KS3 we cover exciting units such as "Did Jesus exist?" and “Will money make us happy?” giving pupils a varied programme which includes a range of resources and activities in Year 7. Other such units are "Is there such thing as evil?" and “Why is there suffering in the world?” examining morals and Christian belief in Year 8. In Year 9 we begin the GCSE scheme of learning the core beliefs and practices in Christianity and Islam.


The KS4 Curriculum follows the AQA A Specification. This includes the study of two world religions (Christianity and Islam) and four themed units such as Human Relationships and Crime and Punishment.


The KS5 Curriculum follow the Eduqas Specification and covers Christianity (e.g. The Nature of God and Religious Identity), Philosophy (The Problem of Evil, Religious Experience) and Ethics (Ethical Language, Utilitarianism).


The RE department staff continuously strive to provide engaging R.E. for all our pupils to ensure that they all progress to their best ability.


In addition to the formal Religious Education Programme of Study for all NLS students, College and Year Assemblies take place regularly.


The assemblies aim to:

• keep students informed about what is going on in school

• celebrate success for individuals and groups

• encourage students to address their peers

• encourage students to take an interest in affairs beyond the school

• demonstrate the place of spiritual, moral, social and cultural values in our lives

• assist in delivering the Student Personal Development Programme of the school


Please Note: Parents/Carers who wish their children to be excused from the religious part of any assembly should make a request, in writing, to the Head Teacher. A similar arrangement can be made for R.E. lessons. NLS assemblies and R.E. lessons are unequivocally 'multi-cultural' and 'multi-faith' by nature. However, we do our professional best to prepare students for adulthood in a pluralistic society, a society in which positive citizens respect each other's fundamental beliefs and values.










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