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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.
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RE & Ethics Staff

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Mr N. Hughes

Mr N. Hughes

Assistant Principal - Subject Lead RE and Ethics

After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and...

Mr N. Hughes

Mr N. Hughes

Assistant Principal - Subject Lead RE and Ethics

After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in the performing arts before committing to a life in education.   As an RE teacher and Associate Assistant Principal, I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve.

Miss B. Johnson

Miss B. Johnson

Teacher of RE

After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and...

Miss B. Johnson

Miss B. Johnson

Teacher of RE

After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in the performing arts before committing to a life in education.   As an RE teacher and Associate Assistant Principal, I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve.

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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