Religious Education (RE)
RE in Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses
It is a legal requirement of the National Curriculum that RE is taught in all state-funded schools; academies also have to make provision for the teaching of RE. The majority of Church of England schools in Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses use the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus, Living Difference III, but VA schools are entitled to set their own RE curriculum. The Diocese also encourages schools to use Understanding Christianity resources and provides training to support this.
The Agreed Syllabus reflects the fact that Christianity is the main religious tradition in the country, while taking account of the teaching and practices of other religions and world views represented in the United Kingdom. In church schools Christianity will be the main religion studied, helping pupils understand the Christian ethos that underpins their school. The Church of England has produced a Statement of Entitlement, which sets out the aims and expectation of Religious Education in a church school.
RE should be inclusive and broadminded; it is not appropriate for Religious Education to promote a particular point of view.Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons after discussion with the head teacher. Schools have a responsibility to supervise children who have been withdrawn, but not to provide any alternative teaching.RE plays an important part in young people’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and is an increasingly popular choice at GCSE And A-level.
For further information about Religious Education in Portsmouth Diocese, please contact the RE consultant Jane Kelly:
email: Jane.Kelly@portsmouth.anglican.org phone: 02392 899679
Fellowships for teachers of RE
The Farmington Institute
The aim of the Farmington Institute is to support and encourage teachers of Relgious Education in schools, and Headteachers working on values and standards. It is financed by the Farmington Trust.
The Institute awards Fellowships to UK teachers of Religious Education in schools and headteachers, publishes discussion papers and arranges conferences.