The Department of Education and the four largest Christian Churches in Northern Ireland define the curriculum for Religious Education in the Core Syllabus. Religious Education gives young people opportunities to develop their personal understanding and enhance their spiritual and ethical awareness.
Teachers should supplement the core syllabus with further provision that complements the ethos of the school and our society.
The Key Elements are a way to connect learning in Religious Education to Learning for Life and Work.
The Key Elements that Religious Education contributes to more fully are:
- Spiritual Awareness;
- Moral Character;
- Cultural Understanding;
- Ethical Awareness; and
- Education for Sustainable Development.
For more information on Religious Education contact:
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2233
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.
This resource explores prejudice, sectarianism and reconciliation through the context of Religious Education.
This website has been developed to help teachers deliver Learning Objective 4 across Key Stage 3. This resource helps teachers to introduce World Religions, encouraging sensitivity towards others’ religious beliefs and practices.
The following case study outlines how one school approached the teaching of Buddhism at Year 10 as part of the study of World Religions.
Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.