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Religious Education

RE Curriculum and Assessment

All Voluntary Controlled schools are required to adopt the Locally Agreed RE syllabus, produced by their local SACRE, to determine the RE curriculum. In Voluntary Aided schools the governors are responsible for setting the RE policy and RE syllabus. Church academies within the Diocese are expected to determine their own RE syllabus and adhere to the RE Entitlement Statement.

The delivery of high quality RE in all our church schools remains a priority for the Board of Education. The aims for RE are encompassed in The National Society’s aims for RE which are :

  • To enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today
  • To enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents
  • To develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth
  • To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/ philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.

For all Aided schools RE forms one of the core questions of the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule (How effective is the religious education?). When making a judgement about the effectiveness inspectors will look at the achievement of learners, the quality of the teaching learning, the effectiveness of the curriculum, especially the teaching of Christianity and the effectiveness of the leadership and management of religious education.

In VC schools, RE is considered as part of Core question 1 (How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?). Inspectors will evaluate the contribution of RE to the Christian character of the school.

The teaching of RE has special prominence in church schools. In Voluntary aided schools it is the responsibility of the governing body to agree the RE syllabus and policy and monitor provision. The Diocese of Chichester does not have an RE syllabus, but recommends that schools follow the Locally Agreed Syllabus in conjunction with ‘Excellence and Distinctiveness – Guidance on RE in Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Chichester’.

Voluntary Controlled schools should plan their RE in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus and refer to the Diocesan guidance booklet.

All Schools are strongly encouraged to send RE teachers and co-ordinators on the Diocesan RE training courses.  RE support for individual co-ordinators and RE inset are available upon request. Please contact the team at schools@chichester.anglican.org .

Details of all our RE training and support have been sent to schools and are available on the Training page of our website.

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