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Religious Education

Support for teaching RE across all ages is the responsibility of our Schools' Adviser - Helen Matter. Call Helen on 01473 298570. All state schools in England must teach Religious Education to all pupils (5-18) with the exception of those withdrawn by their parents.

Church of England Voluntary Controlled Schools and Community Schools in this diocese are required to use the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for RE 2012 to plan their RE.

Nationally the Church of England has agreed a Statement of Entitlement for RE - read it here.

VC schools do not have RE inspected as a subject in SIAMS inspections but should note that the provision, planning and delivery of RE is now considered in other sections of the inspection.

Deatils of Autumn 2017 REQM Network Meetings are available here.

  • Agreed Syllabus-+

    September 2016 - Helen has written three booklets to help Teachers fully implement the Agreed Syllabus. Download them here: 

    The Emmanuel Project CD provides 42 teaching units: 22 units on teaching Christianity; and 20 units on teaching other world faiths.

    An additional disk (September 2017) provides 7 further KS2 teaching units on Christianity - giving sufficient material for Aided schools to fulfil the requirement of two-thirds of RE teaching to focus upon Christianity. The units also provide breadth and choice for other schools to use in RE lessons.

    For more information please go to our Resources page 

    In C of E Voluntary Aided schools, school governors have responsibility for Religious Education. The diocese recommends that Aided schools use the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus 2012, modifying it to increase the amount of Christianity covered, particularly in Key Stage 2. Governors should discuss and formally adopt a Religious Education Policy for their school. All VA schools have their RE inspected as part of the SIAMS inspection. C of E schools which become Academies should contact Helen Matter for advice.