The curriculum for Religious Education is defined by the Department of Education and the four main Christian Churches in Northern Ireland in the Core Syllabus. It also has a role to play within the context of the revised curriculum through presenting young people with chances to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.
Religious Education provides many opportunities for pupils to explore a range of topics and issues including those, which may be sensitive or controversial.
The following CCEA guidance and training programme on teaching controversial issues supports a whole school approach and provides teachers with practical classroom teaching and learning strategies for teaching controversial issues.
This training programme supports a whole-school approach to teaching controversial issues. Curriculum leaders can adapt the training materials and use them as part of their school CPD programme.
Exploring prejudice, sectarianism and reconciliation through RE.
This website has been developed to help teachers deliver Learning Objective 4 across Key Stage 3.
The following case study outlines how one school approached the teaching of Buddhism at Year 10 as part of the study of World Religions.