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Academies must teach the Agreed Syllabus - it is official!

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by reader42, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. reader42

    reader42 New commenter

    We have had several discussions about this over the months and as you know, some of us were a little surprised that last January's government Religious Education Guidance 2010, made a categorical statement that Academies must teach the Agreed Syllabus. Just to be ABSOLUTELY sure, Fiona Moss who is a member of the NATRE Executive, wrote to Lord Hill of Oareford who is the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for schools with responsibility for Academies in the coalition government. Here is the reply which arrived this week:


    Dear Ms Moss,
    Thank you for your email of 21 September to Lord Hill about RE in Academies and Trust schools. I have been asked to reply and I apologise for the delay in doing so.
    In accordance with their funding agreement, where an Academy has not been designated with a religious character the Academy must ensure that religious education is given to all pupils at the Academy in accordance with the requirements for locally agreed syllabuses. This means that syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
    Trust schools that are designated faith schools have to teach RE in accordance with the tenets of the faith. If they are not designated faith schools they must teach the locally agreed syllabus.

    Yours sincerely,

    Clare Howe
    Academies Policy, Finance and Performance Division
    www.education.gov.uk
     
  2. reader42

    reader42 New commenter

    We have had several discussions about this over the months and as you know, some of us were a little surprised that last January's government Religious Education Guidance 2010, made a categorical statement that Academies must teach the Agreed Syllabus. Just to be ABSOLUTELY sure, Fiona Moss who is a member of the NATRE Executive, wrote to Lord Hill of Oareford who is the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for schools with responsibility for Academies in the coalition government. Here is the reply which arrived this week:


    Dear Ms Moss,
    Thank you for your email of 21 September to Lord Hill about RE in Academies and Trust schools. I have been asked to reply and I apologise for the delay in doing so.
    In accordance with their funding agreement, where an Academy has not been designated with a religious character the Academy must ensure that religious education is given to all pupils at the Academy in accordance with the requirements for locally agreed syllabuses. This means that syllabus reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.
    Trust schools that are designated faith schools have to teach RE in accordance with the tenets of the faith. If they are not designated faith schools they must teach the locally agreed syllabus.

    Yours sincerely,

    Clare Howe
    Academies Policy, Finance and Performance Division
    www.education.gov.uk
     
  3. That's good to know. Thanks.
     

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