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Chelmsford Diocesan
Board of Education

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Religious Education (RE)

Religious education is very important in Church of England schools.

High quality religious education … should continue to make major contributions to the Church school’s Christian ethos, to allow pupils to engage seriously with and develop an understanding of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ.  

Church School of the Future report Chadwick Report 2012

All schools should:

  • Review their RE curriculum to ensure it provides a more coherent progressive and challenging approach to the teaching of Christianity within the context of the wider exploration to the diversity of religion and belief in the modern world.
  • Explore ways of extending pupils’ ability to think theologically and engage in theological enquiry as part of their learning in RE”

Making a Difference? A Review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools September 2014 p10


Statement of Entitlement

A high quality religious education (RE) curriculum is essential to meet the statutory requirement for all maintained schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum. At the heart of RE in church schools is the teaching of Christianity, rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. There is a clear expectation that as inclusive communities, church schools encourage learning about other religions and world views* fostering respect for them. Although there is not a National Curriculum for RE, all maintained schools have a statutory duty to teach it. This is equally applicable to academies and free schools as it is to maintained schools. In foundation and voluntary controlled schools with a religious character, RE must be taught according to the Locally Agreed Syllabus unless parents request RE in accordance with the trust deed of the school; and, in voluntary aided schools RE must be taught in accordance with the trust deed.

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Diocesan RE Syllabus

This syllabus offers support for Voluntary Aided schools in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Download here

(Voluntary Controlled Schools are required to follow their Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education but may find the Diocesan syllabus offers some useful additional material).


Agreed Syllabuses

Essex - Download here

exploRE – The Essex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

Supporting information is available from

https://schools-secure.essex.gov.uk/other/Essex_SACRE/Pages/Essex-SACRE.aspx

KS1 support materials, scheme of work overview, stories from world faiths

KS2 support materials, scheme of work overview

KS3 RE overview, planning the learning process, learning enquiry exemplars, suggested learning enquires

 

Southend - Download here

Improving Learning Together in Religious Education The Borough of Southend-on-Sea Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

 

Havering – details on separate website

 

Waltham Forest - Download here

Primary Schools RE Syllabus Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 updated 2016 available at: - www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/religious-education

 

Barking and Dagenham - Download here

Learning for Life the Barking and Dagenham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

 

Newham – details on separate website

Exploring Beliefs, Celebrating Diversity Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016

 

Thurrock - Download here

Thurrock Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021 request for access available at: - www.thurrock.gov.uk/religious-education/syllabus-for-religious-education

 

Redbridge - Download here

Religious Education Agreed Syllabus – Redbridge and Havering 2015-2020 request for access available at: - www.redbridgerenet.co.uk


Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

‘High quality religious education and collective worship should continue to make major contributions to the church school’s Christian ethos.’

‘Whilst the effectiveness of religious education is inspected by statute in voluntary aided schools and by funding agreement in Church of England designated academies it is expected that the broader impact of RE on the character of all church schools will be evaluated in the school’s self -evaluation and verified through SIAMS.’

Core question 3 – How effective is the religious education? (Only in VA schools)


SIAMS Framework

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Overall SIAMS Grade Descriptors

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Reports

Making a Difference? A Review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools – published September 2014

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A Review of RE in England – The Religious Education Council of England and Wales published in October 2013

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Ofsted Report – published in October 2013

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If you would like advice, support or training on RE please contact Ruth Everett on 01245 294441 or e-mail at reverett@chelmsford.anglican.org.uk