Religious and Moral Education

​Religious and moral education will allow your child to explore the world’s major religions as well as views that are non-religious.

Your child will think about the challenges presented by these beliefs and values, and their place in the world. They will explore how religious and non-religious beliefs and values are expressed through traditions in religion, society and cultures. Your child will think about their own beliefs and values. It will support them to develop moral decision-making skills.

Your child will develop a better understanding of themselves, others and the wider world. Your child will develop their awareness that beliefs, values, practices and traditions are important to families, communities and society – locally and globally. They will develop a richer understanding of the world in which they live.

What will my child learn?

Each area of the curriculum is broken down into experiences and outcomes. These are clear and concise statements about children’s learning and progression from pre-school to S3. In religious and moral education, progress and achievement will be assessed and reported on in the same way that it is for other curricular areas.

Read the experiences and outcomes for Religious and moral education (non-denominational schools) and Religious education in Roman Catholic schools.

What skills will my child develop?

In religious and moral education children will develop important life skills such as investigation, analysis and evaluation. They will develop their thinking skills as well as skills of reflection. This will help them to develop a fuller understanding of others, the world in which they live and their potential contribution to it.



The involvement of parents and carers

  • In Scotland, parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from religious and moral education if they feel the curriculum conflicts with their own beliefs. In practice, very few parents feel the need to do so.