The REP department at Highgate Wood aims to engage, challenge, and promote acceptance of the different beliefs systems that exist in Great Britain today. Our curriculum is featured around the religious beliefs that represent the school community and encourages students to make sense of the six major world religions, even if they do not follow a faith themselves. We also investigate non-religious ethical beliefs systems that encourage students to compare and contrast views from a variety of different viewpoints.
Students study religion, ethics and philosophy by engaging in concepts such as the beliefs, teachings and practices of the six major world religions, views from different philosophers that range from Ancient Greek to post modern society and a range of ethical concepts that we face in modern society. By teaching how to analyse quotes, students learn to how to analyse evidence to support or contradict their own points of view. Considering the fundamental beliefs of religion and by applying these beliefs to modern ethical issues, encourages students to understand that faith is not always what it seems to be when portrayed in the media. REP also teaches students to communicate clearly, formulate their own arguments and to present them with supporting evidence from religious views in their extended writing.
Our hope for all our students is that studying a diverse and inclusive REP curriculum provides them with the cultural literacy needed to succeed in life and actively participate in the world with empathy. By reflecting on their personal views and how they compare with religious viewpoints, students learn to think critically and become independent thinkers. By challenging students, encouraging students to think outside of the box, we provide students the transferable skills they need to prepare them to become lifelong learners.