‘RE is like the Tardis. Despite the small space it occupies in the curriculum, it is huge, encompassing nothing less than humanity’s most searching questions, its deepest hopes, the history of the world’s beliefs and their diverse manifestation in the modern world.’ (NATRE)
RE must be provided for all pupils in state funded schools in England. This is a legal requirement and is also a necessary part of a ‘broad and balanced curriculum.’
RE is locally determined not nationally. It is taught in accordance with requirements of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE). Planning is based on either the Oxfordshire or Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus. The RE curriculum drawn up by SACRE ‘shall 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.’ (Education Act 1996, Section 365)
Each school in our Trust has its own approach to teaching RE. Details of agreed curriculum can be found on it's website. If you'd like to find out more about it, please contact the school you're interested in.