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 school’s 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 school’s needs in these areas and to help prepare schools for their SIAMS inspections.
The Church of England’s website, www.christianvalues4schools.org.uk, identifies 15 distinctive values of Christian schools and promotes ways of living out those values in the day-to-day activities of a busy school environment. They are introduced with brief theological reflections and examples of how schools have brought these values to life, through everything from collective worship to garden design and architecture.
For more information on the Primary RE Syllabus, please contact Maureen Hogarth, Primary RE and Collective Worship Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on religious education and collective worship in secondary schools, please contact Philip Ascroft, the Secondary RE and Collective Worship Adviser at email@example.com.
To order the syllabus, please contact Helen Tyler, Schools Administrator, below.
RE Hubs are coordinated by Maureen Hogarth our Primary school RE Advisor, and enable teachers and RE leaders to come together to develop their professional roles and responsibilities within the teaching and delivery of RE.
This is an opportunity to learn together and also share practice and communicate with each other about the subject content.
If you are interested in getting involved in one of the hubs, please see the attached leaflet or check our website later on this month for the next instalment of hubs.
Hubs happen termly and our site is regularly updated with the dates and information that you will need in order to attend.
For more information on professional development and learning resources within religious education, please check our education training page.
For all NQTS and Teachers New to teaching in Church of England Schools