Religious and Moral Education

Religious Education makes a distinctive contribution to the curriculum in helping pupils towards a consistent set of beliefs, attitudes and practices within our own community and beyond. Religious and Moral Education is taught in Lawmuir with these broad aims in mind and reflects council and national policies as set out by the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.

We have a structured programme which is taught by class teachers.   Included in our R.E. programme is the study of Christianity and other world religions. This encourages harmony, appreciation and consideration for the beliefs of others. While studying R.E. classes may make visits to local churches and other sacred buildings.

Whole school assemblies take place on a weekly basis, usually Friday mornings, and are conducted by pupils, staff and visiting speakers. It is recognised that the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 allows parents to withdraw their children from any religious instruction and observance, and parents wishing to do so should contact the head teacher, in writing, to allow any arrangements to be made.

Parents/Carers from ethnic minority religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school in order to celebrate recognised religious events. Only written requests will be considered. Appropriate requests will be granted on not more than three occasions in any one school session and the pupil noted as an authorised absentee in the register.

Through our curriculum children are given opportunities to become responsible citizens who have respect for others and a commitment to participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life within their community. They are able to develop knowledge and understanding of the world and Scotland’s place in it, understand different beliefs and cultures and make informed choices and decisions.

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