Religious Studies supports students in developing their own understanding of norms and values in society and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of young people. Students are encouraged to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within the world religions. Students progressively develop the skills to interpret, evaluate and respond to differing values and beliefs. This is achieved through extending their thinking and analytical skills and their creative and emotional development. A further purpose of RE is to foster mutual understanding and respect between students of differing religious and cultural backgrounds. It is important that students make reasoned and informed judgements about issues in the world around them.