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Our RE Subject Lead is Miss A Dixon
At Stalyhill Infant School, we follow the Tameside Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2016 - 2021).
The agreed syllabus requires that all pupils learn from Christianity in each Key Stage. In addition, pupils will learn from the principal religions represented in the UK, in line with the law. These are Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.
An overview of the Agreed Syllabus is provided below. Please ask a member of teaching staff if you would like any further information regarding our RE curriculum.
Religious traditions are studied in depth as follows:
Schools should consider the pupils they serve in deciding whether to go beyond the minimum entitlements to learning about religions, which are that pupils should learn from:
Age 4-5s RECEPTION
Children will encounter Christianity and other faiths, as part of their growing sense of self, their own community and their place within it.
Age 5 – 7s KEY STAGE 1 (KS1)
Christians and Muslims or Jewish people
Withdrawal from RE
Parents may withdraw their children from RE lessons or any part of the RE curriculum and the school has a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Where the pupil has been withdrawn, the law provides for alternative arrangements to be made for RE of the kind the parents want the pupil to receive. These arrangements will be made by the parents;- the school is not expected to make these arrangements. This RE could be provided at the school in question, or by another school in the locality. If neither approach is practicable, the pupil may receive external RE teaching as long as the withdrawal does not significantly impact on the child’s attendance. Schools should have a policy setting out their approach to provision and withdrawal.
Religious Education is, by law, locally determined and the syllabus is agreed by an Agreed Syllabus (AS) Conference. The AS document is the basis on which all work in RE should be planned in Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford's community and voluntary controlled schools. It is a requirement on schools and governing bodies to ensure that all learners gain their statutory entitlement to RE throughout all years of compulsory education. This has been part of statute since 1944, it was reinforced in the 1988 Education Reform Act and it remains so today. The requirement to teach RE does not apply to nursery classes but does to those pupils of statutory school age.
Collective Worship is not part of the taught curriculum and cannot be considered as part of the recommended time for teaching RE.
RE does not seek to convert or urge a particular religion or belief on pupils.
It is the Headteacher's duty to ensure that:
The Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that;
The national curriculum states the legal requirement that:
'Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which:
Although there is not a National Curriculum for RE, all maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum requirements to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes RE. All maintained schools therefore have a statutory duty to teach RE. Academies and free schools are contractually required through the terms of their funding agreement to make provision for the teaching of RE. Further information concerning RE in academies and free schools is given below.
The RE curriculum is determined by the local Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), which is responsible for producing the locally agreed syllabus for RE. Agreed Syllabuses used in schools (maintained or academy), which are not designated with a religious character must ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’. Schools with a religious designation may prioritise one religion in their RE curriculum, but all schools must recognise diverse religions and systems of belief in the UK both locally and nationally.
In brief, legislation requires that:
RE must be included in the curriculum for all registered pupils, including all pupils in reception classes and sixth form, but excluding: