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Religious Education & SMSC

The main aim of Religious Education is to encourage respect for all beliefs and cultures as well as helping to promote the pupils’ spiritual, moral, physical and cultural development. The work in school is based on aspects of The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (Nottinghamshire), which is adapted to meet the needs of the students within the school. The teaching of RE should also help pupils to learn about religion as well as learning from religion. The teaching of RE is a legal requirement under the Education Act (1996) which requires that RE should be taught to all pupils in full-time education in school except for those pupils withdrawn at the request of their parents.


The Importance of RE:

  • Develops the pupil’s knowledge and understanding 
  • Develops their self-confidence & awareness
  • Enhances pupil’s awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, values and traditions and practices, forms of expression, family life, communities and cultures.
  • Bringing their own experiences and understanding of life into the classroom
  • Developing positive attitudes towards others
  • Reflecting on and considering their own values and those of others
  • Dealing with issues that form the basis for personal choice and behaviour.
  • Offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
  • Encourages pupils to develop a sense of belonging and identity.
  • Enables pupils to flourish within their communities as well as individually as citizens in a multicultural, society.
  • Is important in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning
  • Helps students to show respect, kindness, tolerance towards others.
  • Enables pupils to become more aware of ethical and moral issues within the community and society as a whole.
  • Is also important in helping our students to express their feelings, thoughts and in helping them to make choices and decisions. 


The pupils in Early Years and in Key stage 1 and 2, the curriculum is presented throughout the day, through play and daily routines with opportunities for 1:1 and group work which takes full account of personal, social and emotional development. Pupils within Key Stage 3-5 now follow a Cross Curricula Syllabus, in which all foundation and core subjects are based on particular themes which change each term. Religious Education is incorporated within those themes, under the heading, ‘Knowledge & Understanding'’ along with Science.


Rosehill also has a duty to teach British Values including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of other faiths and beliefs. Our assemblies focus on positive values such as honesty, caring and respect. We aim to provide outstanding spiritual, moral, and social development for our pupils and hold weekly assemblies to celebrate occasions of special significance. Each department has an assembly rota, which brings together RE, SMSC, FBV and PSHE in an assembly each week.

For further information regarding RE and SMSC at Rosehill School please contact our RE and SMSC Lead Amy Davies