Religious and moral education

The religious and moral education (RME) curriculum area includes the two distinct areas of religious and moral education (non-denominational) and religious education in Roman Catholic schools.

Religious and moral education (non-denominational) involves exploring Beliefs, Values and Issues and Practices and Traditions through the context of Christianity, World Religions selected for study and belief groups independent of religion. It supports children and young people in the development of their own beliefs and values. Religious education in Roman Catholic schools includes the study of Catholic Christianity (including the Mystery of God, In the Image of God, Revealed Truth of God, Son of God, Signs of God, Word of God, Hours of God, Reign of God) and other world religions (including beliefs, values and issues, practices and traditions).

Practical support and resources

Improving RME: Senior Phase exemplification in Religious and Moral Education: These resources suggest a range of approaches to RME in the Senior Phase to support learners in developing their own beliefs and values at this important time in their learning journey.

Career-long professional learning in RME / RERC: This resource explores how practitioners can extend, deepen and develop their professional learning in RME / RERC and in relation to World Religions.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for RME in the National Improvement Hub.

Key documents

Experiences and outcomes

Principles and practice documents


Religious and moral education 3-18 curriculum review (impact report)

National Qualifications

Browse the SQA site to find subject-specific materials across the range of RME.