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Religious Education

Support for teaching RE across all ages is the responsibility of our Schools' Adviser - Helen Matter. This suport includes courses, conferences, termly RE networks adn newsletters. Email Helen or call on 01473 298570. 

All maintained schools, academies and free schools in England must teach Religious Education to all pupils (5-18) with the exception of those withdrawn by their parents. The syllabus they use depends on the type of school, but all schools should teach about both Christianity and the other major faiths represented in Britain.

Our official recommendations to church schools about Religious Education (November 2017) are available here.  The Board of Education recently agreed that all schools should now be advised of these recommendations, which have also been seen by the local SIAMS inspectors.  

The Church of England has in addition published a Statement of Entitlement for RE which applies to all its schools - read it here.

CofE Voluntary Controlled Schools, like community schools, in this diocese are required to use the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus for RE 2012 to plan their RE. VA schools, academies and free schools may choose to base their schemes of work on it.

  • Download the Suffolk Agreed syllabus here.
  • We have hard copies for sale at £10.00 per copy (+ p&p). Please contact Jacqui Studd.

All CofE primary schools in Suffolk are recommended to use the Emmanuel Project, a challenging enquiry-based scheme of work for Reception to Year 6.  The scheme is enjoyable and informative, guiding teachers through detailed practical materials. Other schools are also invited to use this scheme which addresses the Suffolk syllabus.

  • Download the flyer for the Emmanuel Project here.
  • Download the ten key points re the Emmanuel Project here.

All Suffolk RE leaders and teachers are invited to join an RE network meeting for a hour once a term to discuss RE.  We use the RE Quality Mark materials to guide our discussions.

  • SUMMER 2018 REQM Network Meetings are available here.  Further dates will follow.

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    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.