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Religious Education

RE at Tapton is an important subject. All colleagues in the department are highly qualified specialists who are passionate about their subject. The teaching style is active with an emphasis on demonstrating the relevance of programmes of study to students own lives.

While RE is an academic discipline in its own right , as reflected by consistently high exam results, much emphasis is also placed on students personal development, helping them to understand the world they live in and their own place in that world. 

Lessons are equally accessible to students of any faith or none, and success is dependant on the ability to understand, analyse and evaluate, rather than on personal conviction.

key stage 3 

Year 7

Students are introduced to the concept of God in two monotheistic religions: Christianity and Islam. They learn about the influential leaders within each of these religions and how their teachings and practices have affected the lives of others.

Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in expressing their own beliefs and values, both orally and in their written work.

Year 8

Students build upon the skills accumulated in the philosophical modules in Year 7 through a study of ethical issues in our world and the role that religion and philosophical thought has in tackling these.

They will use this knowledge to build up their own concept of a perfect world.

Year 9

Students will begin the Edexcel GCSE course in Religious Studies. This enables students to gain a full GCSE at the end of Year 11 without using up any of their GCSE option slots. 

The focus in Year 9 are the ethical themes of Marriage and Family, and Crime and Punishment.

key stage 4 

Students continue with the Edexcel GCSE course in Religious Studies. There are 2 written exam papers at the end of the course.

The GCSE combines Philosophy and Ethics with a detailed study of the beliefs and practices of Christianity and Islam.