Someone contacted me with a query about the status of RE. I sort of know but guess many here will know exactly so I'm asking you rather than research into it. Weekend pressures so cutting corners for time. Question My understanding of RE is that in high school its a statutory subject but a friend of mine has informed me that essentially it is not a statutory subject because the actual content that is taught is non statutory unlike science, maths and PE It is a compulsory subject. It must be taught to all our students - I think this is up to the end of year . But RE is not bound however by any 'National Curriculum' fixed syllabus as the 'Powers that Be' recognise that we have to respond to the students in our classrooms and our community - as well as local / national / international news etc in a way which is unique to RE. because it is about life. That's one of the things that make it such an important and interesting subject, so relevant to the lives of our students Thats why in each area there is a local SACRE (I think this stands for standing advisory committee for Religious Education) which meets regularly to give guidance and prepare a syllabus which is designed to support local requirements. (Google this and you'll get a much more coherent answer.) Our school does not have to follow the syllabus set by our own local SACRE and can choose to use any recognised SACRE syllabus - or, with the support and agreement of the area RE advisor - adapt one to our needs. (I did a unit on Rastafarianism once with non GCSE year !0's for example, after discussing it with my local advisor. I will copy this bit of your question and put it on the forum - but from me as I would like to be clearer and there will be a lot who know exactly how it is defined.