The Gateway documents are divided into four sections, each responding to a section of the Self Evaluation Questionnaire. Each Gateway also gives suggestions for further reading and resources.

You can download the Gateways individually from this page, depending on the topic you are interested in.

  • Gateways Section 1: Key questions at the heart of religious controversy
  • Gateways Section 2: Teaching and learning about contentious issues
  • Gateways Section 3: Management Issues
  • Gateways Section 4: Curriculum Issues

Gateways Section 1: Key questions at the heart of religious controversy

1.1: Controversial and contentious issues – terms at the heart of REsilience. View PDF

1.2: Key terms. View PDF

1.3: Terminology related to religious education View PDF

1.4, 1.5 and 1.6: Why do people have different beliefs? Why do people have different interpretations of the same religion? Why are the consequences of faith not the same for all people who profess the same religion or tradition? View PDF

1.7: How do different traditions find answers to ultimate questions and ethical issues? View PDF

1.8: Shared values View PDF

Gateways Section 2: Teaching and learning about contentious issues

2.1 and 2.4: Demonstrating respect for cultures and religions; Adopting an impartial stance while teaching View PDF

2.2: Displaying sensitivity to the home backgrounds and the beliefs of pupils View PDF

2.3: Using display to reflect Britain’s diverse society View PDF

2.5: Advantages and challenges of diversity within communities View PDF

2.6 and 2.9: Developing the skills necessary for discussion and balanced decision making; Managing discussion effectively View PDF

2.7 and 2.8: Encourage pupils to express their own ideas and beliefs in a sensitive and respectful way, even when those ideas and beliefs are negative or controversial; Challenging prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping View PDF

2.10: Effective learning outside the classroom (LOtC) in RE View PDF

2.11: Equality, diversity and building resilience to extremism View PDF

2.12: Engaging appropriate speakers with different beliefs and religious perspectives View PDF

2.13: Internet sites which promote hatred or violence View PDF

2.14: Student Voice View PDF

Gateways Section 3: Management Issues3.1: Effective strategies for teaching contentious issues View PDF

3.2: Basing RE provision on a sound knowledge of religions and beliefs View PDF

3.3: Ensuring that RE provision is effective in promoting equality and social integration View PDF

3.4: Effective collaboration with parents/carers over the ethos of RE and the issues it raises View PDF

3.5: Handling complaints arising from RE lessons fairly and effectively View PDF

3.6: Linking with expert colleagues in the field of RE View PDF

Gateways Section 4: Curriculum Issues

4.1: Religious extremism View PDF

4.2: Terrorism claiming religious justification View PDF

4.3a: Religion and conflict: Israel/Palestine View PDF

4.3b: Religion and conflict: Northern Ireland View PDF

4.3c: Religion and conflict: Partition and its aftermath View PDF

4.4: Hatred based on religion, ethnicity or ‘race’, especially when given religious justification View PDF

4.5: Jihad View PDF

4.6: Religions and same-sex relationships View PDF

4.7: Identity, tradition and belonging View PDF

4.8: Understanding social, cultural and political aspects of religion View PDF

4.9: Violence towards women, especially when given a religious justification View PDF

4.10: Islamism View PDF

Index of Gateway Documents
Index of Resilience Gateway Documents View PDF

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