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The Pan Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

December 7, 2015

We 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.

This syllabus is very popular and many local authorities are following it.

It weighs in at 132 pages and retains 2 attainment targets, assessment levels and key questions.

There are detailed lesson grids for Key Stages 1 – 3 but 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.

It needs better proof reading – some key stage 3 stuff appears ion the section for key stage 3.

Some of it is very old fashioned, e.g. books in the ‘Faith in Action’ Series.

When it refers to non theistic views, it goes rto Buddhism rather than Humanism.

The document is online here 

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