The provided units of work will appeal to specialist teachers, as well as to the many others who teach Religious Education at KS3. Each unit has been prepared and tested by practising teachers. The half-termly schemes of work unpack the relevant dispositions, religious traditions and religious content. The units have a series of detailed lesson plans and lesson resources. These include films specially produced to illustrate the dispositions as cultivated within the faith communities of Birmingham.

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Gurdeep Ubhie, a teacher at Queensbridge School told us:

“Religious Education using the syllabus as a starting point is a lot more active. I tend to-plan in drama and discussion and encourage the students to debate… and put forward their opinions. Learning from faith means that you can start with the students and think about their experiences… rather than the starting point being a body of information.”

There is a Continuing Professional Development film which was recorded in two contrasting schools, one with a majority Muslim population and one from a school in Birmingham’s outer ring suburbs. It introduces the aims of the syllabus and gives a flavour of the lessons that are planned from the syllabus.

Key Stage 3 student from Frankley School told us:

“When we’re going through the city, we have a good understanding of the different communities and we don’t judge them with what we see but what we learn about them and the way they live their lives. I think [the syllabus] will help you integrate into society and it will give you an understanding of what religion means."

His Religious Education teacher, Bethan Ruth, commented:

I would definitely say that the dispositions-based syllabus is working extremely well with pupils here; they are skills every human being should have in their life. I believe as an RE teacher I have the power to influence and challenge children… and hopefully develop them as whole human beings: spiritually, morally, socially, culturally.