Cavell Primary and Nursery School Religious Education Policy Written by: Date Written: Review Date: Date Adopted by Governing Body Signed
Simon Wakeman July 2010 July 2011
The school adopts the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus for RE and therefore meets the statutory requirements through the implicit teaching of it. Please cross-reference this policy with the Curriculum and Learning Policy 2009
Statutory Requirements for the Provision of Religious Education Primary legislation passed with regard to Religious Education between 1944 and 1993, including the 1988 Education Reform Act, was consolidated by the 1996 Education Act and the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act. Circular 1/94 offered an interpretation of the legislation.
The legal requirements are that: 1. Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education except those withdrawn at their parents’ request [S352 (1) (a)]. • The law relating to Religious Education for pupils who are not yet in key stage 1 is different from that relating to subjects of the National Curriculum. As Religious Education must be taught to ‘all registered pupils at the school’, it includes pupils in reception classes, but not those in nursery classes or play groups. 2. Religious Education must be taught in accordance with an Agreed Syllabus in Community schools, Foundation schools and Voluntary Controlled schools.
3. A Locally Agreed Syllabus 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’ [1996 Act, Ch 56 S375 (3)]. 4. In schools where an Agreed Syllabus applies, Religious Education must be nondenominational, but teaching about denominational differences is permitted [Education Act 1944 S26 (2)].
At Cavell Primary and Nursery School the daily act of collective worship is provided as follows: Day Who How CW followed Monday Whole school assembly theme of the week followed by reflection Tuesday Whole school assembly Theme of the week cont Wednesday Singing assembly religious songs sung Thursday Whole school/class religious/moral theme assembly Friday Whole school celebrate good work and Celebration assembly achievements 5. The Headteacher, along with the governing body and the Local Authority, is responsible for the provision of Religious Education in Foundation and Community maintained schools and in Voluntary Controlled schools.
Reporting on Pupils’ Progress and Attainment Schools are required to provide an annual report for parents on the attainment and progress of each child in Religious Education, as for other subjects of the curriculum.
Withdrawal from Religious Education1 Pupils A parent of a pupil may request: • that their child be wholly or partly excused from receiving Religious Education given in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus • that a pupil who is wholly or partly excused from receiving Religious Education provided by the school may receive Religious Education of the kind desired by the parent elsewhere, provided that it will not interfere with the attendance of the pupil on any day except at the beginning or end of a school session • that a pupil who is wholly or partly excused from receiving Religious Education provided by the school may receive Religious Education of the kind desired by the parent on the school premises provided that it does not entail any expenditure by the responsible authority. Teachers A teacher may not be: • required to teach Religious Education (although this may not be the case in a school with a religious foundation) • discriminated against for their religious opinions or practices. In Norfolk, Religious Education meets legal requirements where it implements the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2005. This became statutory for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools with effect from 1 September 2006. These schools are not free to plan or teach Religious Education from any basis other than the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus