In Lindens we follow the Walsall Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Details of this can be seen below and in the attached file at the bottom of the page.
In the UK, all maintained schools are required by law to teach RE. All pupils in each year group aged 4-16 are entitled to Religious Education. This entitlement applies to Academies and Free Schools as well as to community schools and schools with a religious character. RE is a statutory subject in the curriculum and all schools are legally obliged to teach it.
The RE Council of England and Wales published the National Curriculum Framework for RE in October 2013, with a foreword by the Secretary of State, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. This document has been the basis of the review and revision of the Walsall Agreed Syllabus, because it offers national guidelines for the subject and has been used extensively in creating RE syllabuses in the last two years. The REC’s Framework mirrors the structure of National Curriculum subject orders for other subjects, so leaves the language of attainment targets and 8 level scales behind, using pupil outcomes for 7, 11 and 14 as the key to setting standards in RE.
In revising the Walsall Agreed Syllabus for RE, SACRE and its Agreed Syllabus Conference have been determined to offer an up to date, balanced, inclusive and inspiring approach to RE to all schools. Community schools and Voluntary Controlled schools are required to use the Walsall RE Syllabus for their RE. Other schools types in the Walsall local authority area are warmly encouraged to use the syllabus, because it is approved by local faith communities, up to date and centred on enabling higher standards of religious literacy for all our pupils. SACRE’s legitimate concern here is for all pupils in Walsall, whatever type of school they attend.
In line with the law, Walsall’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education expects that schools will enable pupils to explore Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism, as well as Christianity. It also enables the consideration of secular life stances.
RE makes a major contribution to pupils’ awareness, appreciation and exploration of the British Values, as required by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate. This syllabus shows teachers how to connect RE in appropriate and suitable ways to the promotion of British Values and of opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
RE is not coercive: none of the aims of RE encourage pupils to adopt or reject particular religious beliefs and practices. Instead, RE encourages all learners to be thoughtful about their own beliefs and worldviews in the light of the religions and beliefs they study. RE is not about making pupils into believers but tries to help them become literate and articulate about religions and beliefs, and to be thoughtful members of a plural society, so that in learning from religion they are able to make informed choices about how they want to live their lives whilst also understanding more about the faith of other people they meet. As such, it is relevant to every pupil and every citizen of Walsall.