Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education is a statutory subject for all pupils aged 5-18. North Yorkshire maintained community, foundation and voluntary controlled schools without a religious character schools must follow the North Yorkshire RE Agreed Syllabus (see download below).

Denominational voluntary aided schools with a religious character are not required to use the Agreed Syllabus, but must follow the

requirements of their trust deed or the tenets of their denomination, where the trust deed does not specify requirements. All academies are required, through their funding agreements, to teach RE to all pupils. For academies without a religious character, this will be the locally agreed syllabus. For faith academies, this will depend on the wishes of the sponsor.

Religious Education in North Yorkshire is supported by SACRE (The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) and the School Improvement Service. Subject leader network meetings are available for primary and secondary subject leaders and a Developing Primary RE course runs each year for teachers new to leading RE. All courses can be booked through

SACRE have decided to extend the life of the current RE Agreed Syllabus at least until September 2019, to await the outcomes of review of RE by the Religious Education Council.

The Agreed Syllabus is supported by 19 units of learning and a number of guidance documents on aspects such as assessment, religious terminology and delivering high quality RE. These can be found at in the Humanities Room and are free to schools signed up to the Service Level Agreement. They can be purchased by other schools by contacting Smart Solutions.

SACRE also provide schools with guidance on Collective Worship and visiting places of worship. (See below).

For further support with RE contact Rebecca Swift, Equalities Adviser (

Useful Downloads

1:RE Agreed Syllabus

Progression Ladder

NYCC R.E. Agreed Syllabus 2013-2018

North Yorkshire SACRE: Letter to Schools on Survey and Support for RE

2:Collective Worship Guidance

NYCC SACRE: Guidance to Schools on Collective Worship

Appendix 1: Collective Worship Model Policy

Appendix 2: Determination Guidance

Appendix 3: Collective Worship Themes

Appendix 4: Self Evaluation Toolkit for Collective Worship

3: Other North Yorkshire Guidance

NYCC SACRE Guidance on Organising Visit to Places of Worship (2015)

4: National Guidance

R.E in English Schools: Non-Statutory Guidance 2010

Religious Believers in Schools: Guidance and Code of Conduct

5: Newsletters

NYCC: Primary Humanities News (Summer 2015)

NYCC: Secondary Humanities News (Summer 2015)


NYCC SACRE Annual Report 2015-2016