This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Religion in the Primary School Context

Religion in the primary school context

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the complexity of defining religion;
  • the distinction between religion as an inclusive concept and religions;
  • who is religious?
  • what is learnt from the 2001 census?
  • the nature and place of secularism;
  • the role of education in relation to religion;
  • the marginalization of religion in school and education policies;
  • the teacher's personal position in relation to religion in schools;
  • primary pupils' engagement with religion;
  • the place of religion in the primary curriculum;
  • collective worship;
  • the notion of religious literacy as a requirement for all primary teachers.

Primary schools in England are required to teach religious education, although the syllabus is locally determined and it is not a subject in the National Curriculum. However, religion is not just encountered ...

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