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Awareness, Mystery and Value

December 7, 2015

AMVWe are currently reviewing our Agreed Syllabus for religious education in the light of new instructions that syllabuses for National Curriculum subjects should me minimalist, about ten pages long (currently, the average weighs in at about 580 pages). Where do you draw the line between giving guidance to teachers with other specialisms and getting them bogged down in huge documents are difficult to navigate?

Other issues to be taken into account is the change from assessment by levels to other arrangements that individual schools have made; also the successful legal judgement in favour of the place of Humanism in RE.

So we have been looking at other syllabuses in order to choose our basic approach.

This RE syllabus is a sibling of South Gloucestershire’s because they both sprang from the former County of Avon.

The good thing about this syllabus is that it has local studies, e.g. John Wesley’s New Room, Hanham Mount.

The bad thing is that the topics for Key Stage 3 are boring and wouldn’t engage the sort of children I used to teach.

Also there is no guidance beyond external examination work for Key Stage 4. The new GCSE is so bland that many schools are now considering offering non-statutory, general, non-exam RE.

In the light of the above, this syllabus is currently being revised.

The document is online here

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