Religious Education

Religious Education at Broughton follows the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE – Searching for Meaning. The aim of this syllabus is to support students’ personal search for meaning by engaging enquiry into the question ‘What is it to be human?’- exploring answers offered by religion and belief.’

Studying RE helps develops a knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values which have shaped and continue to have an important influence on the world that we live in. It provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Religious Education

Teaching and learning in RE at Broughton aims to develop curiosity, investigative and questioning skills and an enquiring mind. By exploring issues within and across faiths, students learn to understand different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, and their influence on individuals, communities and cultures. Our aim is to encourage students to think for themselves and make informed decisions about their own beliefs, values and ideals. Classroom-based learning in RE is a supplemented by visits and external speakers, giving students the opportunity to encounter real-life examples of what they learn in the classroom.


Homework is set on a weekly basis or as extended project work which provides opportunities for further research.

Religious Education Department Staff

  • Ms J Harris - Head of Humanities
  • Miss V Backhouse - Teacher of RE


In Religious Education students study 1 hour 40 minutes per week in Year 7, 1 hour 20 minutes in Years 8 and 9, 1 hour per fortnight in Year 10 and 11 core RE and 5 hours per fortnight for years 10 and 11 GCSE (optional).


Students are assessed in three main areas: factual knowledge, application of skills and extended writing. Assessments are built into each unit of work and have been designed to challenge all abilities and allow students to master key concepts and skills over the course of Key Stage 3.

Religious Education Curriculum Statement

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