Modern Britain is diverse, sharing a common vision and sense of belonging for all communities. RE has a central role in promoting respect, appreciation and understanding of people’s religions and beliefs, which is at the heart of our syllabus. Students are encouraged to understand themselves and others with different values, backgrounds and circumstances. A vital part of RE is studying the damaging effects on human beings of racial stereotyping and the belittling of people’s beliefs and values. Some ideas are extremist and these can only be exposed and questioned when students are free to challenge them and develop the skills to do so. However, any belief that breeds and justifies violence against a person or group, is challenged. A key learning outcome is helping pupils develop their empathy of similarities and differences within and between religions and belief.