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R.E Curriculum Overview

Rationale of Religious Education

The primary purpose of Catholic Religious Education is to come to know and understand God’s revelation which is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. This revelation is known through the scriptures and the tradition of the Church as taught by the Magisterium. Religious Education helps the pupil to know and experience the meaning of this revelation in his or her own life and the life of the community which is the Church. Religious Education is a core subject in a Catholic school and is planned, taught, assessed and monitored with the same rigour as other core curriculum subjects.


RE Curriculum Overview 2022-23  (please note, our curriculum for RE is currently under review in light of the new RED)

The Aims of Religious Education

  1. To present a comprehensive content which engages pupils and is the basis of knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith;
  2. To enable pupils continually to deepen their religious and theological understanding and be able to communicate this effectively;
  3. To present an authentic vision of the Church’s moral and social teaching so that pupils can make a critique of the underlying trends in contemporary culture and society;
  4. To raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them;
  5. To develop the critical faculties of pupils so that they can relate their Catholic faith to daily life;
  6. To stimulate pupils’ imagination and provoke a desire for personal meaning as revealed in the truth of the Catholic faith;
  7. To enable pupils to relate the knowledge gained through Religious Education to their understanding of other subjects in the curriculum;
  8. To bring clarity to the relationship between faith and life, and between faith and culture.


New Religious Education  Directory -  'To know you more clearly'. 

A new RED was published in 2023 and we are currently working on adapting our RE curriculum in light of this new guidance. This is expected to be fully in place in all catholic schools by 2026. Please use the link below if you wish to look at the new document in more detail. 

To know you more clearly