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More Able, Gifted & Talented in Religious Education

In Religious Education, a more able, gifted and talented pupil is characterised as someone who asks interesting and provocative questions related to life and religion, someone who draws upon a knowledge of religion and someone who can analyse religious responses to contemporary moral issues by discussing a range of sources rather than rely on single sources taken from scripture.  A gifted and talented pupil will be able to show an awareness of how religious belief and practice may have application in the world today.  As well as this they are able to express their own personal views about religion and life and can defend their view by sustaining a reasoned argument.  This pupil will also be able to express the reasons why people disagree with their views and identify weaknesses in their own line of reasoning.

What does the Religious Education department do to support More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils?

Year 7 pupils in the top set study a differentiated curriculum designed to extend their learning and challenge them in their knowledge of religion.  This involves giving pupils the opportunity to study different religious communities to be able to recognise the similarities and differences between them and our own community.  This differentiated curriculum has also enabled pupils to analyse Biblical teaching to gain a better understanding of where and why Catholic beliefs about Jesus come from. 

We have entered pupils in the top set of Year 9 for the GCSE a year early.  This means that under the modular approach, they sat the St. Mark’s Gospel GCSE paper at the end of Year 9 and the Roman Catholic Ethics GCSE paper at the end of Year 10.  In Year 11 they will begin to study an AS Level in Religious Studies.

Year 12 and 13 pupils have the opportunity to attend an A-Level Ethics conference to extend their understanding of Ethics further.  We have recently started to involve more able, gifted and talented pupils in key stage 4 in this.  This has enabled some pupils to attend the conference with the Year 12 and 13 pupils to extend their knowledge of the GCSE course and help them to begin to examine some of the topics studied at A-Level.