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 teaching of RE helps pupils to learn from religion as well as learning about religion.
The syllabus and work in Stony Dean is based on aspects of the locally agreed syllabus, ‘Challenging RE 3’ (The Bucks Agreed Syllabus for RE, 2016 – 2021), which is adapted to meet the needs of the pupils within the school. RE takes full account of personal, social and emotional development.
Pupils in both Key Stages 3 and 4 are timetabled for 1 lesson a week.

The Importance of RE:
• RE enables pupils to become more aware of ethical and moral issues within the community and society as a whole.
• RE is also important in helping pupils to express their feelings, thoughts and in helping them to make choices and decisions.
• RE encourages pupils to learn from different religious beliefs, values and traditions.
• RE encourages pupils to develop a sense of belonging and identity.
• RE develops pupils’ knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity, the other principal religions and their traditions.
• RE enhances pupils’ awareness and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, and practices, forms of expression, family life, communities and cultures.
• RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development.
• RE enables pupils to develop within their communities as well as individually as citizens in a multicultural, pluralistic and global society.
• RE is important in preparing pupils for adult life, employment and lifelong learning
• RE helps pupils to show respect, kindness, tolerance towards others, including animals and wildlife.