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Concepts – RE

Rich knowledge: Concepts to be understood

The program of study enables pupils to increase and deepen their knowledge and understanding of key concepts in These concepts relate to the religions and world views studied. The areas of enquiry or key general concepts in RE can be described like this:

  • beliefs, teachings, sources of wisdom and authority;
  • experiences and ways of living;
  • ways of expressing meaning;
  • questions of identity, diversity and belonging;
  • questions of meaning, purpose and truth;
  • questions of values

While this list of concepts bears a close relation to previous versions of RE curriculum guidance (e.g. the QCA National Non Statutory RE Framework of 2004, the 2013 RE Council Framework, the Rotherham RE Syllabus of 2015), the concepts are listed above to provide a checklist of areas in which pupils will make progress in RE and to guide syllabus makers in developing appropriate statements of attainment for different groups of pupils. This task will require further work and consultation in the RE community.