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National curriculum and religious education

Development of material

All the material was originally developed for use in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Units on Religious Education for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Although the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) took on the functions of the QCA in October 2011, the teaching material is still valid.

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National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is in force across England and Wales for schools funded by local councils and includes religious education (RE). Focusing on primary education, the Religious education in English schools: Non-statutory guidance 2010 states on page 7 that:

Section 78 (1) of the 2002 Education Act states that all pupils should follow a balanced and broadly based curriculum which ‘promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, mental and physical development of pupils and of society, and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. Learning about and from religions and beliefs, through the distinct knowledge, understanding and skills contained in RE within a broad-based curriculum, is essential to achieving these aims. Exploring the concepts of religion and belief and their roles in the spiritual, moral and cultural lives of people in a diverse society helps individuals develop moral awareness and social understanding.

Although the syllabus for religious education in individual schools depends on local authority guidelines, a general outline of aims for each Key Stage can be found by clicking on the three Key Stage links in the right-hand menu.