The teaching of religious studies at TMBSS promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the choices, responsibilities and experiences of life. The Service aims to promote community cohesion, and when controversial issues are brought to pupils’ attention, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views.
Key Stage 3 pupils currently work in a ‘pen-free’ environment where the focus is around developing debating and listening skills and building tolerance of other belief systems. Most lessons are delivered in response to current issues or to topics which have been highlighted in the media. This allows pupils to view Religious Studies as relevant and interesting, exposing some of them to the concept of ethical dilemma for the first time. Unacceptable views voiced are challenged and reasoned arguments presented; pupils thereby access a broad yet acceptable range of beliefs and are given the opportunity to see where their own opinions align with those held by other people within their communities.
Pupils in Year 11 have the option to sit either the short- or, in some cases, full course EDEXCEL GCSE examination. Students take an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, exploring different beliefs, cultures and fundamental questions, and relating these studies to their own values and the wider world.
The two-year rolling programme for the more accessible short-course covers Paper One (Christian Beliefs and responses to Marriage and Family Life), and Paper 2 (Muslim Beliefs and responses to Crime and Punishment). Reflections include glances at other belief systems in parallel, however, including humanist and atheist world views.
More information can be found at the edexcel website .