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 :
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Details of all our RE training and support have been sent to schools and are available on the Training page of our website.