Religious education provides pupils with the opportunities to reflect upon human experiences that give rise to fundamental questions of life and death and to consider values and commitments. It provides space in the curriculum for children growing up in our multifaith, multicultural society to study the principal religions of the UK. Children study and reflect on the beliefs and practices on which people base their lives so that respect for those with religious and other beliefs is well founded. It promotes attitudes and values necessary for responsible citizenship in today’s democratic and pluralistic society. Importantly, it does not promote a religion or particular set of beliefs but can contribute to the development of pupils’ own beliefs and values and sense of identity.
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