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 http://smartsolutions.northyorks.gov.uk/
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 www.fronter.com/northyorks 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 (Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org)
1:RE Agreed Syllabus
2:Collective Worship Guidance
3: Other North Yorkshire Guidance
4: National Guidance