“Enabling young people growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own.”

The main objective of Religious Studies at REACH school is to provide varied and enriching lessons that effectively prepare our students for life in a culturally diverse modern world. We aim to promote an awareness of the usefulness of Religious Studies to everyday living, to encourage enthusiasm for interest in the study of other people’s beliefs and to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding across different cultures and communities.

Britain is now a very diverse society; finding out about the beliefs and lifestyles of all people makes us think about what we believe and reflect on our own choices. This helps us to develop our own ideas and opinions, and ultimately shapes who we are. Learning to express our own beliefs and to listen to the views of others is an important life skill and this is something that Religious Studies staff have a passion for.

Religious Studies is an important subject at Reach because:

  • Issues of religion and belief frequently top the news agenda and Religious Studies helps make sense of them.
  • Religious Studies allows young people growing up in a diverse society to understand the views and opinions of people whose beliefs and values differ from their own.
  • Religious Studies provides space for young people to reflect on their own ideas and develop their thoughts about questions of meaning and ethics.

Religious Studies develops students’ ability to express themselves, ready for the world of work and higher education. Aspirational career pathways that link well with this subject are lawyers, paramedics, nurses, teachers and social workers.

At REACH we strive for young people to have a sense of community and belonging in the areas of South Birmingham. Religious Studies gives opportunity to study in depth the two most prominent religions in their own communities: Islam and Christianity.

“The world respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.” Barack Obama

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