Engaging with different religions and worldviews, considering identity and diversity, looking at sources of wisdom such as religious texts, and asking challenging questions are all at the heart of Religious Education (RE) and can contribute to global learning in schools.
RE provides opportunities for pupils to pursue enquiries into the impact of religious teaching on the actions of believers from different religions and worldviews, for example through studying the work of individuals, communities and charitable organisations. Important skills in RE include the ability to evaluate critically, to question and learn from other people’s points of view, and to agree and disagree respectfully, for example through undertaking dialogue with people from other religions, cultures and places, and identifying similarities, differences and questions from the ideas discussed.
The non-statutory National Curriculum Framework for RE (2013) produced by the Religious Education Council (REC) shows the links between RE and global learning in its aims, for example:
The curriculum for RE aims to ensure that all pupils:
Additional resources have been provided to give information and examples of how RE can support global learning. These are: