Religious education

Religious education (RE) is a statutory requirement for all schools but it is not part of the national curriculum.

Agreed syllabus

The agreed syllabus for RE in Northamptonshire is called 'Growing Together' and is the responsibility of the local authority.

View the agreed syllabus

The aims of religious education

The overall aims of religious education are to enable learners to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Pupils work towards the following attainment targets:

  • Attainment target 1: Learning about religion and belief
  • Attainment target 2: Learning from religion and belief

Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE)

Northamptonshire SACRE give advice on the agreed syllabus and on RE generally within schools in the county.

Religious education resources

Collective worship

There is a legal requirement on all those in school to provide a daily act of collective worship. The form that this takes will depend upon each individual school.

Assembly, worship and religious education contribute to the breadth and balance of these aspects of the curriculum. For example, school worship and religious education provide opportunities for exploring the spiritual dimension, whilst assembly is an appropriate situation in which to develop moral issues. It is important that the relationship between religious education, assembly and worship are understood by teachers and pupils.

Can a child be withdrawn from RE or collective worship?

A child can be withdrawn from all or part of RE or collective worship. It is a legal requirement that the right of withdrawal should be mentioned in the school prospectus.

Very occasionally a parent may wish to exercise the right to withdraw their child from all or part of RE. In this case the school might wish to try to discuss the matter with the parents:

  • to make sure that their request is based on a clear understanding of what RE involves, and
  • to make practical arrangements for the supervision of the pupil

If the parents still wish the pupil to be withdrawn then this right should be freely exercisable. Parents are not obliged to give reasons and the school is responsible for supervising the pupil.

Teachers similarly may exercise the right of withdrawal but in such a case schools must ensure that provision is made for all pupils to receive the RE that is their entitlement.

Contact Northamptonshire SACRE

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