RE supports the aims for education, outlined in the National Curriculum 2014; to:
The Principal aim of RE in Derbyshire schools is to enable pupils to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.
The Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus meets this Principal Aim by using two attainment targets throughout:
RE plays a significant role in the personal development of children and young people.
Given the opportunities for encountering people of different beliefs and lifestyles, RE also has a key role to play in fostering respect and social cohesion.
RE plays an important part in promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, making a unique contribution to their spiritual development in particular.
RE must be taught to all registered pupils except to those withdrawn by their parents.
A voluntary controlled school (VC school) is a state-funded school in England and Wales in which a foundation or trust (usually a Christian denomination) has some formal influence in the running of the school.Teaching RE in VC schools will reflect and promote a Christian ethos and Christian values whilst allowing for the freedom of pupils to hold and express different beliefs.