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The RE Department
Our Religious Education Department at Rutlish is a vibrant, energetic and happy area of the school in which all students and staff actively participate. We have 6 specialist members of staff who are passionate about our subject. We work collegially and supportively and this is reflected in all aspect of what we do. We collectively take responsibility for the creation and sharing of resources to ensure that all students of RE receive the same high quality teaching across classes.
Our students are encouraged and taught how to search, question and evaluate all areas of religion and spirituality. We aim to motivate good learning and achievement through a wide range of teaching methods. We ensure that the importance of literacy is a fundamental part of teaching and our students know of how to write academically sound material. We are a well-resourced department with extensive structured SOW’s. Interactive Whiteboards, textbooks, artefacts and we are always improving our resources to broaden and enhance student experiences. We are proud of our learning environment that reflects the spiritual, religious and cultural world of our community and teaching content.
The Religious Education Department is a crucial part of the school ethos and we are involved in developing and supporting whole school events. This is an exciting and continually growing area of Rutlish and both students and staff show their enjoyment of RE through exuberant teaching and learning. Staff are involved in regular CPD to support their personal review and develop identified areas of specialism. The department also works with the IOE, St Marys, Kingston, Roehampton and Middlesex University and Teach Wimbledon to provide opportunities for beginning teachers.
Our main hope is that our students continually achieve through a passion for RE, developed by a happy, fun-loving staff who have a compassion for each individual they work with. We have an open teaching style, working together and offering support within the classroom to ever improve our quality delivery for the boys.
As a core subject, the department has consistently delivered on results, we are in the top 3% of schools nationally in RE. Our students enjoy taking part in a subject in which they are confident they will be successful. In 2018/19 students achieved 83% 4+ and 39% 7+ in Y11 at GCSE.
Our school curriculum for Religious Education meets the requirements of the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). The ERA stipulates that religious education is compulsory for all children. The ERA allows parents and carers to withdraw their child from religious education classes if they so wish, although only after they have given written notice to the school governors. The ERA also allows teachers to refuse to teach religious education, but only after they have given due notice of their intention to the school governors. The religious education curriculum forms an important part of our school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural teaching. It also promotes education for citizenship.
Our school RE curriculum is based on the Merton SACRE, the National Curriculum, including GCSE Religious Studies and GCE A-Level Philosophy and it meets all the requirements set out in that document. The ERA states that the RE syllabus should reflect the fact that religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian, and that it should, at the same time, take account of the teachings and practices of other major religions.
Ms. S. Mates
Head of Department