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RE and Ethics

Through relevant and engaging subject content, students learn about religion in order to understand the complexities of faith and draw from it their own conclusions about belief and what it means to them. Staffed by a team of vibrant and dedicated staff, the department’s main aim is to engage students in understanding religious and ethical issues and to encourage them to make informed decisions about the beliefs and values they hold. Our overarching aim is to encourage students to think for themselves, guided by beliefs common to those of all faiths and none.
We passionately believe that students should be skilled enough to make informed decisions about their own beliefs, values and ideals. To this end, we encourage students to make their own informed choices in every lesson. We encourage independent thinking through a series of ethics-based units of learning, including myth busting about terrorism, Human Rights and their violations and a study of the Holocaust through the story of Anne Frank.
Classroom-based learning in RE is a supplemented by visits and external speakers, giving students the opportunity to experience real-life examples of what they learn in the classroom.

journey-ethicsYour Child’s Journey in RE and Ethics

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Religious Education
In Years 7 and 8, students follow a programme of study based around elements of the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE. They learn from a range of religion-specific units including Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism. Around half of students’ curriculum time in RE at KS3 is Christianity-based, reflecting the ethos of United Learning and the local and national communities in which Accrington Academy is located. Islam is the second religion that is progressed throughout students’ time at Accrington, again reflecting the community here at the Academy and Accrington itself.
The Year 7 curriculum is based around the story of “The Island”, an experiential approach to Religious Education developed by RE AST Sue Phillips. Students find themselves marooned on a fictional island, cut off from the rest of the world and in charge of a large community. They have to make a series of key decisions about how society on the island will function, planning leadership, celebrations and events to mark significant events in their community’s history. This unit engages students in decision-making, creativity, analysis and deeper thinking, encouraging all to achieve. It also ‘sets the stage’ for learning about and from religious practices and beliefs, enabling all students to link religious beliefs to the thought processes they went through at significant points in this topic.
In Year 8 students follow an ethics-based curriculum, learning about and from topics such as Human Rights, Terrorism and the Holocaust. This enables them to deepen understanding of world-issues, whilst learning how to apply religious viewpoints and ideas to current and historical events.
Religious Studies
All students in KS4 study the Edexcel Religious Studies course. They follow Unit 1: Religion and Life and Unit 8: Religion and Society. These units enable students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of both Christianity and Islam. It encourages students to think more deeply about key ethical, moral and religious issues, such as euthanasia, life after death, war, bullying, capital punishment and arguments for/against the existence of God. By doing this, their sense of their own identity and values evolves.
All students achieve a full GCSE in Religious Studies.
The course is assessed completely via examination, with final grade made up from two 90 minute examinations when your child is in Year 11. We aim to provide a personalised and supportive learning experience for your child as they progress through the GCSE content and work towards their final GCSE examinations. To this end, your child will be provided with the necessary revision materials, a series of homework assessment questions and a range of tasks to boost their understanding and knowledge of the key content. A series of after-school sessions are also available, where your child can receive extra coaching and guidance, should they require one to one assistance in any area of GCSE RE. We appreciate your support in encouraging your child to access this provision as much as possible to ensure that they achieve high grades in RE.
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Unit 1 Revision Booklet
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    Our course is academically challenging and focuses on critical thinking and developing ethical codes and viewpoints. An ethic is the internal system which helps you determine whether different scenarios are right or wrong. Split into two units per year, Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics, a range of skills are examined in the summer of Year 1 and Year 2. It is assessed as 100% examination and is recognised by universities as a subject that leads to entry onto a good range of higher education courses. In Ethics, we study how religious believers make ethical decisions and study various ethical dilemmas from scholarly viewpoints. We will ask key questions about God, existence and what is good. Key issues to be studied are:
    • What do we know (if anything!)
    • Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas on philosophy
    • Arguments for God’s existence
    • The problem of evil
    • Miracles and religious experience
    • Sex, War, Abortion and the Environment
    A-Level Ethics results have been consistently outstanding at Accrington Academy – currently in the top 10% nationally . Students are taught for 5 hours per week by the same teacher in small teaching classes. The academic rigour is supported by excellent, bespoke course materials, a variety of books and articles to enhance learning and key partnerships with undergraduate courses at top UK universities.

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    Results from this course are excellent!

    R.E is an important subject to study because religion and ethical issues effect the way we live our lives every day. By studying different religions and covering important social issues such as terrorism, policies on abortion and laws in the UK, R.E can help end discrimination, stereotyping and create a more accepting generation. Science may help us understand how terrorists make bombs and suicide vests – but R.E can help us understand why.
    R.E at Accrington academy is very engaging and interactive. When we were covering the topic of capital punishment, we re-enacted a trial and that helped me understand the different roles people play in sentencing a person to death and also the implications on the victim’s family, criminals family and government. This has given me the opportunity to discuss and understand issues that no one has ever asked me before- it has helped develop my morals and given me an understanding of the world I live in.
    R.E will help me when I leave school because I will be able to approach the subject of religion and ethical issues in a sensible and respectable way. R.E has enabled me to look at challenges I may be faced with in my life.  

    Kelly McDonald

    Year 11 student

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