Religious education (RE) is part of the basic curriculum entitlement for all registered pupils in all schools, including sixth form.
In Church schools, which are open to pupils of all religious traditions and those of no religious background, RE has a central place within a distinctive curriculum and is seen as a core subject.
RE is not the same as religious instruction – it does not seek to impose any one set of beliefs or doctrine.
RE is about developing a religious and theological literacy so that pupils will be able to engage with some of the big questions of meaning and purpose in life and develop an understanding of what followers of a religion believe and how those beliefs shape the lives of individuals, communities and wider society.
All schools are required to teach about Christianity, and in Church schools this will be at least 2/3 of the RE curriculum. Other major religions will also be studied in depth alongside non-religious world views. For further advice as an RE lead in a Primary school, see the document 'Guidance for RE Leads' via the link below.
In this section you will find:
- Religious Education in Church of England schools: A Statement of Entitlement
- Which Syllabus for Religious Education should my school use?
- Understanding Christianity
- Parental right of withdrawal
- General resources for Religious Education
Which Syllabus for Religious Education should my school use?
Voluntary controlled and foundation schools must comply with their Local Authority’s Locally Agreed Syllabus for RE
In a Voluntary Aided Church of England school, governors are ultimately responsible for the subject and they must ensure that their Religious Education syllabus and provision is in accordance with "the rites, practices and beliefs of the Church of England" and we strongly recommend that they are based on this Diocesan syllabus.
A new Diocesan Syllabus for RE is now avaliable, please contact the team for access to this.
This is a major new resource for teaching about Christianity, developed by Church of England Education Office and RE Today Services.
Understanding Christianity will form a central part of the new Diocesan Syllabus for RE.
Further information about Understanding Christianity can be found here.
The full resource is only available through accredited training – to book places please visit Professional Development and Network section
Parents (or pupils themselves if they are aged 18 or over) have the right to request that the pupil be withdrawn from all or part of the RE provided.
There is no requirement to provide reasons for the request but schools will appreciate the opportunity to discuss the RE curriculum and arrangements for the withdrawal with parents.
The school may also wish to review such a request each year, in discussion with the parents.
The right of withdrawal does not extend to other areas of the curriculum when, as may happen on occasion, spontaneous questions on religious matters are raised by pupils or there are issues related to religion that arise in other subjects such as history or citizenship.
Books / Resource packs:
Across the World - Martyn Payne and Betty Pedley - Barnabas / BRF
Bible Storybags - Margaret Cooling - Barnabas / BRF
Bible-themed 8 Journey Days for Primary Schools - Barbara Meardon & Verity Holloway - Barnabas / BRF
Christianity Through Art - Margaret Cooling - RMEP
Picturing Christianity - Lat Blaylock - RE Today Services
Puddles the Cat (series) - Gill Vaisey - Books @ Press [EYFS / KS1]
The Bible Through Art - Margaret Cooling - RMEP
The Bible: The Big Story - Stephen Pett - REToday services [KS3]
Where in the World - Martyn Payne - Barnabas / BRF
World War 1 RE Resources - Gill Johnson / RE Today
Gill Vaisey Resources - U/C Accredited
Learn Teach Lead RE
Methodist Modern art collection
REEP (Religious Education Environment Programme)
SHAP Working Party
The Stapleford Centre
True tube: [KS3 / KS4] Truetube
York St John University: David Hope RE Centre