February 2022 Religious Studies update | Pearson qualifications

February 2022 Religious Studies update

Support materials for 'D' questions

GCSE support materials will soon be available in the 'teaching and learning' area of the qualifiication website (links provided below). These have been developed by our chief examiners, Christine Paul and Diane Kolka, to support your students, in preparation for the coming exam series and  specifically focus on providing support for 'D' or extended questions through the provision of exemplars and examiner advice and guidance.​

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Religious Studies topic of the month

Topic of the month aims to stimulate discussion at Key Stages 4 and 5 and bring religion to life. This can be achieved by considering religion’s relevance in our vast modern world. We have selected two current news articles, which you may wish to read and integrate into your teaching practice, using the discussion prompts provided.


This topic relates to a newspaper article, written by Anhaar Kareem, entitled ‘I don’t have to choose between my hijab and going to school, but my sisters aren’t so lucky.’

View Anhaar Kareem's newspaper article


This article relates to issues of equality and diversity around the world. The case study is specifically about religious expression through the hijab and the right to wear it alongside the right to be educated.

Discussion prompts:

  • Should governments have the right to limit your religious identity?
  • What do you think is more important, your religious identity or your education?
  • How does this link to human rights?
  • Is this a form of discrimination?
  • Do the rights to education and the rights to religious expression conflict with one another?  

Links to topics on the syllabus:

  • Human rights
  • Equality
  • Religious freedom
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Social justice
  • Peace and conflict
  • Suffering
  • Gender prejudice and discrimination
  • Forgiveness.

Upcoming events

There is still time to book your place and receive updates on our teaching and learning support materials, for GCSE Religious Studies and guidance on how new support material for ‘D’ style / evaluative questions can be used to support your students in preparation for the coming exam series. To find out more and book your place, please follow the link below.

GCSE RS updates and support for ‘D’ style / evaluative questions

Thursday, 3 March 2022, 16:00 – 16:45 GMT

Click here to register

Advance information

All advance information for summer 2022 is now available for Pearson Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies courses, links to all documentation can be found in the link below:

Link to Advance information

Previous subject updates

January 2022

Apply to become a Religious Studies examiner with Pearson

If you are interested in applying to become an examiner with Pearson for GCSE Religious Studies (Specification A or B) please click on the links below:

GCSE - Specification A

GCSE - Specification B

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