Religious Education at ACE recognises the rich culture and diversity of modern life in the UK and the world; identifying that religion and belief forms an important part of many peoples’ identity and culture.

Through SMSC and Religious Education ACE supports students in asking and answering challenging questions and developing their knowledge and understanding of their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn. ACE enables students to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society. ACE teaches students to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and supports them to challenge prejudice. ACE prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society.

SMSC and Religious Education at ACE are taught in subject lessons as part of the Humanities curriculum offer. Students will learn through thematic approaches for example by learning about the life and works of a famous follower of religion.

ACE also encourages a whole school approach and through regular staff training and subject up dates ensures that staff are confident in discussing challenging topics with their students.

ACE also works alongside the Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity to give students effective and focused opportunities to meet and learn from people from a diverse background of faiths and cultures.

Staff at ACE are fully trained in Prevent strategy and, alongside safeguarding, this underpins all teaching and learning taking place at ACE.