Guidance and FAQs

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 Guidance for school governors and headteachers

As well as meeting the legal requirements ( Statutory Requirements) good practice in schools ensures that RE is:

  • of a high standard, where expectations are clear to pupils, parents, teachers, governors, employers and the public
  • coherent and shows progression, particularly across the transitions between the key stages and post-16
  • contributing to the school’s duty to promote community cohesion and high standards of achievement
  • well understood by the school community, who have confidence in the school’s provision and achievement.

 The responsibilities of governors and headteachers

As well as fulfilling their legal obligations, the governing body and headteacher should also make sure that:

  • all pupils make progress in achieving the learning outcomes of the
  • RE curriculum
  • the subject is well led and effectively managed and that standards and achievement in RE and the quality of the provision are subject to regular and effective self-evaluation
  • those teaching RE are suitably qualified and trained in the subject and have regular and effective opportunities for CPD
  • teachers are aware of RE’s contribution in developing pupils’ understanding of religion and belief and its impact on community cohesion
  • where appropriate, pupils have opportunities to take courses leading to an accredited qualification in the subject
  • teachers explore how new pedagogies and technology can be fully  cohesive
  • clear information is provided for parents on the RE curriculum and the Right to Withdraw  from it, both within the school handbook and on the website
  • RE is resourced, staffed and timetabled so that the school can fulfill its legal obligations on RE and pupils can make good progress.

 Teachers and the school workforce

A well-trained and confident workforce is crucial in ensuring good-quality RE.

In addition to RE specialists, other teachers or members of the children’s workforce can contribute to the teaching of RE, regardless of their personal beliefs.

School action plans should identify the CPD needs of staff in relation to RE:

PD Portal (external website)

National opportunities for professional development.

REinHull (external website)

Local opportunities for professional development.

The Religious Education CPD Handbook (external website)

Depending on their status, schools may receive advice on staff development issues from the SACRE, the LA and/or other sources.

 Frequently-asked Questions

A list of Frequently-asked Questions is available which may help you to use the 2016 Agreed Syllabus for RE.

Frequently-asked Questions

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