Religious Education

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.

Teaching Controversial Issues Training Guidance Notes 483.4 KB - Uploaded 19-02-2018

Teaching Controversial Issues at Key Stages 3 & 4

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.

Reconciliation Microsite Reconciliation

Exploring prejudice, sectarianism and reconciliation through RE.

World Religions Microsite World Religions

This website has been developed to help teachers deliver Learning Objective 4 across Key Stage 3.

Case Studies

The following case study outlines how one school approached the teaching of Buddhism at Year 10 as part of the study of World Religions.

Buddhism at Key Stage 3

Useful Links

Department of Education Core Syllabus for Religious Education


Non Statutory Guidance for Religious Education
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Religious Education in the Curriculum
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