Religious education is compulsory in all maintained primary schools.
Religious education (RE) in primary schools is an oft-overlooked subject. While it’s compulsory for all maintained schools to provide RE, it’s not part of the National Curriculum. This means that the Government doesn’t dictate what is taught, and there are no mandatory assessments in the subject at primary or secondary level.
Non-denominational state schools, including academies and foundation schools, must follow an RE syllabus put together by the local authority. This is known as the ‘locally agreed syllabus’, and is compiled by a group of people including representatives of the Church of England, other religious groups, and teaching representatives.
The locally agreed syllabus must reflect the fact that Great Britain is traditionally Christian, while also taking into account the teaching and practices of other principal religions.
The NCFRE says that in KS1, children should develop their knowledge and understanding of principal religions and worldviews. They learn to use subject-specific vocabulary, ask questions and begin to express their own views in response to what they’re taught.
Children are expected to:
Because the NCFRE isn’t statutory, schools don’t have to follow its guidance, although many locally agreed syllabuses use it as a starting point. All schools should make the content and objectives of their RE syllabus available for parents to look at.
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