Religious Education

Religious education in voluntary aided schools is the responsibility of the governing body. Frequently, this follows diocesan advice as outlined in the syllabus for religious education, which is provided by Blackburn Diocese and can be purchased for 75. However, teachers and headteachers in aided schools must confirm this with the governing body.

Voluntary controlled schools must follow their local authority's agreed syllabus for religious education but may find some parts of the diocesan syllabus useful in doing so.

Collective worship in both voluntary aided and voluntary controlled church schools has to promote and reflect the schools Anglican foundation.

There are regular training courses in religious education, collective worship, church school self-evaluation and aspects of church school ethos and there are advisers available to respond to an individual schools needs in these areas and to help prepare schools for their SIAMS inspections.

For more information on and to order the Primary RE Syllabus, please contact Terry Hart, Diocesan Religious Education and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser at

For more information on religious education and collective worship in secondary schools please contact Rachel Braithwaite, Secondary RE and Collective Worship Adviser at

This is an opportunity to learn together and also share practice and communicate with each other about the subject content.


The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400