Religious Studies

The main aim of Religious Education at Bensham is to encourage respect for all beliefs and cultures as well as helping to promote our students’ spiritual, moral, physical and cultural development. The teaching of RE helps students to learn from religion as well as learning about religion. The syllabus and work is based on aspects of the locally agreed syllabus, which is adapted to meet the needs of our students within the school. Students in both Key Stages 3 and 4 are timetabled for 1 lesson a week. 

We also make students aware of how their studies in Religious Education directly impacts on improving their literacy, numeracy and other work related skills. This continual reinforcement of the relevance of the subject in their lives can help motivate pupils and increase their chances of success both in and out the classroom.

A multi-sensory education is key to our students’ success. This principle is core to our planning and a key reason why regular visits are arranged. Visits to curriculum relevant places of worship help our students engage with, and internalise, the knowledge and skills their studies can impart.

From KS4 onwards students study WJEC Entry Pathways qualification in Humanities or AQA Unit Awards. We have also introduced the GCSE RE short course. The students’ work in class, both written and oral, is continually assessed and used as evidence to prove their attainment.