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Statutory RE in Independent Schools - help

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by carrabass, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. carrabass

    carrabass New commenter

    Help! I've been given the task of setting up a new RE curriculum for September 2016 in an independent SEN school in the Midlands. Can anybody point me in the direction of the current legislation concerning RE in independent schools, so I can find out what the statutory requirements are?

    Stephen Baker
  2. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

  3. carrabass

    carrabass New commenter

  4. jerseyperson

    jerseyperson New commenter

    I don't even know that there IS a statutory requirement for independent schools to do RE. If someone can point me to evidence to the contrary I'd be grateful. I researched it a few months ago in response to students complaining that other schools weren't even offering RS as a GCSE option, let alone forcing students to take it (as we were).
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  5. carrabass

    carrabass New commenter

    That jibes with what I thought. The legislation talks a lot about academies and funded schools, but doesn't seem to mention independent schools directly. Thanks for your support.
  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    There's no statutory requirement for RE to be taught in private schools, it's only compulsory in state-funded schools.

    DfE guidance on RE in LA schools might be useful.


    You should be able to get hold of the RE Agreed Syllabus from the LA in which you are geographically located. It's not usually a secret document only available to LA schools. Probably on the LA website. That might give you a good starting point.
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  7. carrabass

    carrabass New commenter

    Awesome. Thanks to you, and everyone who's helped with this!

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