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Carlton le Willows Academy

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Religion & Philosophy

Head of Department: Mrs Pearson (

In November 2020, schools in both Nottinghamshire and the city of Nottingham will be issued with the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, ‘RE for All’ 2021-2026

Through the use of the previous and future Syllabus we use RE to enable our pupils to gain insight and knowledge to equip them as responsible members in our society.  The Syllabus we follow encourages pupils to discover more about religion and world views on a range of topics.

They are encouraged to express ideas and insights into key questions which face all human beings as we travel through life.  They will take part in in-school lessons, visits and trips (including trips to places of worship).

 The three fold aims of RE in Nottinghamshire will ensure that our pupils:

1.Know and understand a range of religions and world views which will allow them to recognise the diversity which exists in our society.

2. Can express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and the impact of religions and world views as they develop their own personal views on a range of issues

3. Develop and use skills which will assist them to engage seriously with religions and world views.

RE contributes to a whole range of school priorities. Their study will promote spiritual, cultural, social and moral development, as well as enabling them to consider British Values such as tolerance and respect for other who hold different world views.

If you would like to know more about the Nottinghamshire and  Nottingham City Agreed Syllabus a previous copy is available for you to read in school and we await the launch of the Agreed Syllabus in Autumn 2020.



At Key Stage 3 students will study the Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Agreed Syllabus as explained above.

Four religions will be studied: Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam.


At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take Religious Studies as one of their GCSE options.

We study the OCR Religious Studies syllabus. Content includes:

Christian religious ethics:

  • Medical ethics - including the issues of abortion, euthanasia, suicide and other issues
  • Relationships - including views on marriage, services, divorce, civil partnerships and sex
  • War, peace and human rights – including the Just War Theory
  • Prejudice and equality - including racism, sexism and the issue of women priests

Religious Philosophy:

  • Good and evil – how can there be a loving and all powerful God when there is evil?
  •  The end of life – beliefs about the afterlife funerals and mourning
  • Belief about deity – Trinity and 99 names of Allah, arguments about God & miracles
  • Religion and science – what are religious and scientific views on how the world started?


Students may decide to continue their Religion and Philosophy studies into Key Stage 5. We study Religious Studies using the WJEC board syllabus.

Right of Withdrawal from Religious Studies

At Carlton le Willows Academy we wish to be an inclusive community but recognise that parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from Religious Education on the grounds of conscience. This would be following consultation with the Academy.