The department is a large one fully staffed with specialist teachers who place emphasis on teaching and learning. The department is fully non-confessional and will provide ample opportunity for pupils to learn through the development of their values whilst focusing on educating for diversity, in order to prepare them for adult life.
The Department for Education states:
‘Education both influences and reflects the values of our society, and the kind of society we want to be. It is therefore important to recognise a set of common aims, values and purposes that underpin the curriculum and the work of schools.’
RE at Southgate provides opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve whilst at the same time promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development so as to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Religious education at Southgate School complies with the legal requirements as a statutory subject, with the fulfilment of the Enfield Agreed Syllabus. Religious education has a unique position in law as it has been the only compulsory subject since 1944 and does not form part of the national but basic curriculum. As a consequence the content of RE is the responsibility of the local authority through the advisory group which represents the locality, known as the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). Local communities are therefore stake holders in the subject putting it into a unique position, enabling the local authority to structure the content to meet local needs.
Years 7 & 8 follow a systematic study of religion, covering: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. This is followed by a thematic study in the core RE through years 9 to 11. In addition to this, the subject is offered as an option at GCSE through the study of Philosophy and Ethics which is also complemented with the Philosophy and Ethics A Level.
Mrs Y O'Sullivan - Head of Department