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 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 www.nyeducationservices.co.uk
A new Agreed Syllabus has been introduced for commencement in September 2019. This syllabus will run until 2024. Maintained schools can access the syllabus and a range of supporting resources from www.nyeducationservices.co.uk
Log in to the site. Go to resources- School Improvement- New RE Agreed Syllabus.
SACRE have decided to extend the life of the current RE Agreed Syllabus until September 2019.
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)
3: Collective Worship Guidance
A 2 year plan for collective worship in a primary school, with accompanying resources, is available on the NYES website under resources.
4: Other North Yorkshire Guidance
4: National Guidance