Religion and Worldviews

Religion and Worldviews

Religion and Worldviews in the new vision for religious education based on the teaching of religious

Good religious education plays a vital role in equipping young people with the knowledge they need to interact with others who may have different perspectives, both in the workplace and in everyday life. It ensures young people receive a balanced education, helps create a more cohesive society, and supports a vibrant economy by preparing employees and future business leaders for the globalised workplace.

Children should be encouraged to ask life’s big questions 22/12/2022

Do you chat to your children about the origins of the universe, how we decide what's right or wrong, or what happens when we die? You are not alone!

Sir Peter Bottomley thinks that every young person should have a chance to discuss these important questions in RE lessons and that there should be a National Plan for the subject:

Children should be encouraged to ask life’s big questions What are the origins of the universe? What happens when we die? Where do we get our morals from? According to a recent survey by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust,


After two decades of growth in A level Religious Studies, a five year funding crisis must not ‘let down’ young people, Father of the House Sir Peter Bottomley warns the Government.

Iona, an RS student who has accepted an offer to study Philosophy and Politics at Bristol, spoke about her experience of the subject's funding crisis at the roundtable in March:

"I changed colleges so I could take an A level in RS since it wasn’t offered at my previous school. For me, the interdisciplinary and philosophical aspect of A level RS was a chance to think deeply about a variety of religious and non-religious worldviews.

“During our two years we had three different teachers, one of whom wasn’t qualified to teach RS at A level. Due to this inconsistency, I spent a lot of my own time studying and was lucky enough to have a parent who could help me. I’d like to see more support given to the subject and its teachers so other students can fully experience the benefits of A level RS."

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We popped into The Jewish Museum in Camden last week to capture the views of Josh, a parent of two, on why an education in religion and worldviews matters

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Some 'behind the scenes' shots from our latest videoshoot at the inspirational Mulberry School for Girls in East London. The school's approach prepares its girls for a world where understanding their own worldview and that of others' is key to a better society, and success in the workplace.


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Today we were at the historic Central Gurdwara Khalsa Jatha in London filming with Opinderjit Kaur Takhar who spoke on the need for young people to understand their own worldview. It's custom at a Sikh Gurdwara to provide food for guests and our crew were very grateful for the delicious meal!


'We are in the business of making young people global citizens. The more they understand themselves, and the more they understand others, the better society we will create for the future,' says our Religion and Worldviews Champion Bushra Nasir on the importance of teaching RE

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We were at the Museum of Comedy (located in the former crypt of St George's Church, Bloomsbury) yesterday with Religion and Worldviews Champion Paul Kerensa. Paul was explaining how important an education in religion and worldviews is for life in modern Britain: "I hope that as a nation we're getting better at talking about our different beliefs, whether religious and indeed non-religious," he said. "I'm very eager that the next generation can have that solid grounding in how it is to talk about different beliefs...."


Sabah Ahmedi uses social media to advocate for improved understanding of the Islamic faith. He believes religion and worldviews within the school curriculum is vital to underpin his work. When young people have dedicated school-based teaching that explains different values, traditions, and beliefs they can better understand others. With the right information, it is easy to draw similarities between one another, which leads to the formation of tolerance, acceptance and understanding: #1645705555744-b3f34bbb-d770


Comedy writer, author, stand-up comic, and broadcaster Paul Kerensa uses his comic writing skills and stage profile to help improve our understanding of religions.
He takes great inspiration from his own primary-school aged children, who celebrate different religious festivals with friends at school – they bring in cakes, they learn about traditions and in the playground and are curious about other religions and worldviews. For Paul, an education in religion and worldviews is the cornerstone to understanding each other in the twenty-first century... it’s the grounding we need”. #1645708370931-27d77e85-d3d1worldviews


With a 28-year education career as a secondary school teacher and Head of RE, a Chair of Examiners for Religious Studies, Richard understands all aspects of teaching about the rich topic of religion and worldviews inside out. As a parent, Richard says giving his own secondary-school aged children the opportunity to have their own education in religion and worldviews has been the most holistic aspect of their education; well taught, it nurtures openness and understanding that stays with young people for the rest of their lives. #1645708976013-131a1ee2-5459


John cannot think of a better, broader preparation for a legal career than studying religion at A-Level or university. The subject taught John to think both creatively and critically. He says an education in religion and worldviews offers a great opportunity to grapple with some of the most important issues people throughout the world have faced since time began. #1645708774446-6610888f-3529


According to a study on religion and worldviews by Culham St Gabriel's Trust, parents with younger children are the most supportive of the ‘worldviews’ approach to RE (72%).
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For Professor Francesca, an education in religion and worldviews is at the heart of understanding what it means to be human; it also allows us to better understand real-world struggles. She believes expanding religion and worldviews in the curriculum will mean the generation leaving school will be less likely to find themselves misinformed about different religions and worldviews, or out of their depth in culturally unfamiliar situations. #1645705555744-8b12bd50-1481


We live in an increasingly globalised, interconnected world. A high-quality education in religion and worldviews is vital preparation for young people entering a diverse work environment and will help develop our future business leaders and achievers. Knowledge and understanding about religion and worldviews also help create responsible employers, who recognise the individual needs and rights of employees.


Children and young people are growing up in a world where there is increasing awareness of the diversity of religious and non-religious worldviews. They will need to live and work well with people who hold different worldviews to their own. Learn more:


We're often asked what an education is religion and worldview means exactly. Well, put simply, studying worldviews means learning about the philosophy of life or an approach to life. Everyone has different worldviews and teaching the younger generation about these organised worldviews helps them delve into their personal view of the world and at the same time appreciate the differences.
You can find out more about this and other questions here:


In 2018, the Commission on Religious Education called for a more inclusive approach to RE based on the principle that everyone has a worldview. But what is a worldview? Well, it's a person’s way of understanding, experiencing and responding to the world. It is an approach to life. You can find out more here:

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