Welcome to the Religious Education Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mr D V Postlethwaite - Head of Department
  • Mrs A Matthews - KS3 Co-ordinator
  • Ms K Freeman
  • Ms P Fegan

Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.

Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.

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What exactly do they learn?

RE demands a process rooted in experience. Our curriculum offers a structured, progressive and developmental programme for all students. The structure is shaped by questions about Identity, Purpose and Fulfilment, which the Catechism states concern about the foundation of human and Christian life. (CCC 282) These questions are addressed and explored in the light of Christian faith in Jesus Christ, the human person and the Church, and the ways faith is celebrated, lived and prayed through the sacraments and liturgical year. RE enables our students to develop reflective attitudes, which will allow them to explore their story and vision of themselves and the community in which they live, from its local to global responsibilities. Students are taught to develop personal beliefs and values and know of their personal community responsibilities.

KS3 students follow the National Syllabus People of God.KS4 students follow Edexcel Syllabus A GCSE Religious Studies and Key Stage 5 students follow an accredited Archdiocesan syllabus of 6th form RE.

What did they learn at primary?

Our KS3 coordinator has a knowledge and awareness of what students learn within their RE primary curriculum and as such creates a KS3 curriculum that builds on the work covered by our new year 7 students who, in our Catholic feeder primaries, follow the Come and See program. The KS3 coordinator keeps up to date with any Archdiocesan changes and updates regarding the primary curriculum, to create a KS3 curriculum which allows students to build on this prior knowledge and begin to make progress immediately when starting at Archbishop Beck.

How do you measure attainment and progress?

Students are assessed formally twice across the college year in line with college policy.  Progress is gauged alongside their own individual target, be it core skills or GCSE. This level is then used to determine student targets. Staff seek to give feedback to students as to how best to improve their work and make use of NSM stickers which details to the leaner what is needed to improve the grading/level of a piece of work. Feedback helps students be aware of their strengths and weakness of studied topic. This can help when revisiting the topic at a later date to show progress made from previous starting point.

What order do you teach things in and why?

KS3 is a spiral curriculum – topics are revisited each year. KS4 GCSE are taught in order of theme allowing students to lay foundations for further learning. Each area is revisited at the end with a teacher led summative assessment to identify gaps in learning.

What's the purpose of teaching your subject?

RE is for all students and is deserving of a special place in the curriculum, because of the distinctive Catholic nature of our college. It directly attempts to live and incorporate our Mission Statement with each student and the college as a family. There is no one for whom RE would be irrelevant since it deals with every area of life and its chief aims are to assist pupils to a realisation of their own gifts and consequently a respect and acceptance of other people and their uniqueness.RE therefore addresses all pupils in our classrooms, whether they are from committed Catholic homes or not, whether they themselves practice or not, whether they are from other Christian denominations or other faith traditions.

How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?

We believe that our curriculum ensures that all students are led to a value of their own worth and giftedness.

In recognising their own worth, they can respect others with differing cultures, religions and backgrounds. Ours is a balanced curriculum which allows students to consider other viewpoints in an environment which is free from persecution or ridicule. This policy of openness makes the subject appealing to students who recognise they are in an environment which respects, promotes and tolerates differing viewpoints. The subject is appropriate for all students at KS4/5 and is studied by all as per guidance from Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales.

How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?

All students in year 7 & 8 have the opportunity of an "away day retreat". Half day visits are also arranged to the Cathedral/Synagogue/Mosque. SVP, choir, assemblies, services, Liturgy group, leadership opportunities on Lourdes pilgrimage, Holocaust Centre trip, outside speakers/agencies or parish activities.