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Widening Horizons: The Hounslow Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education

December 7, 2015

HounslowWe 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.

In the light of this legal challenge, the British Humanist Association endorses this syllabus, wrongly in my view. Just because it mentions Humanism doesn’t mean to say that its content is any good. Humanism deserves better than the mere single page treatment is receives here.

It is out of date with its assessment levels and twin attainment targets and it offers little guidance to teachers.

The document is online here

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