Religious Education in the Diocese of Guildford
The delivery of high quality Religious Education in our schools remains a central aim for the Diocese. A further aim is that standards of achievement in RE and the quality of teaching will continue to rise.
VA and Good Shepherd Trust Academy schools should be using the Diocesan Guidelines for RE. The Diocesan RE Guidelines, produced in 2003, currently in the process of review, are designed to give support to ensure that RE remains a prominent and well-taught subject in spite of the increased demands on the primary curriculum. The intention is that new RE Guidelines will be un use in schools from September 2015. The materials can be found in the New Guidelines section of this website.
VC and affiliated schools should be using their locally agreed syllabus for RE.
RE in church schools should enable the children to receive the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement (2011), which outlines that RE in Church schools aims to:
- enable pupils to encounter Christianity as the religion that shaped British culture and heritage and influences the lives of millions of people today;
- enable pupils to learn about the other major religions, their impact on culture and politics, art and history, and on the lives of their adherents;
- develop understanding of religious faith as the search for and expression of truth;
- contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual / philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own faith and beliefs.
RE is a demanding and extremely rewarding academic subject, but sometimes daunting for the non-specialist teacher. Where the subject is taught seriously and well, the benefits for the pupils and society as a whole will be enormous. Society needs citizens who understand and can sensitively share their own faith, and who also have a broad and sympathetic grasp of the beliefs of others. We need people who can reflect on the big issues in life, and who have a mental framework for exploring cultural and religious diversity. Good RE will contribute to all these aspirations and lay an academic foundation that will enrich all areas of life.
There are a number of ways that schools can access support for the teaching of RE:
Termly training sessions for Church School RE Subject Leaders are held at the Education Centre. Please see our current CPD Programme for dates.
Support for RE is available from
Jane Whittington Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Boxer Rachel.email@example.com