Religious Education Statement of Intent
Our curriculum at Gillamoor is designed to provide broad, balanced and diverse content that has our core Christian values at its heart. We deliver a knowledge-rich, inclusive and sequential curriculum in which we develop an appreciation of the wider world and our place and role within it. Our RE curriculum is at the core of this: delivering enriching lessons in an objective, critical and pluralistic manner that enable children to flourish.
Gillamoor is a small, rural school with a fun, engaging and sequential RE curriculum that strives to develop religious literacy and enable all our pupils to become well-rounded global citizens with a rich knowledge of Christian belief and other world religions and beliefs, rituals and practices. This includes teaching an understanding of diversity and accepting differences in people.
In RE we actively encourage our pupils to be independent, risk-taking learners who are not afraid to step away from their comfort zone and ask in-depth questions and explore core concepts to achieve their higher aspirations.
We give great consideration to experiences and opportunities to value pupils’ contributions as they draw on their own experiences and beliefs and amplify a sense of spirituality.
RE is determined locally, not nationally:
Religious Education in North Yorkshire is supported by SACRE (The Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) and the School Improvement Service.
A locally agreed syllabus is a statutory syllabus for RE recommended by SACRE through an Agreed Syllabus Conference for adoption by the local authority. The RE curriculum drawn up by SACRE, shall reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’. Education Act 1996 section 375.
- North Yorkshire Local authority maintained schools without a religious character must follow the locally agreed syllabus.
- Voluntary aided schools with a religious character should provide RE in accordance with the trust deed or religious designation of the school, unless parents request the locally agreed syllabus.
- North Yorkshire foundation schools and voluntary controlled schools with a religious character must follow the locally agreed syllabus, unless parents request RE in accordance with the trust deed or religious designation of the school.
RE is not subject to nationally prescribed purpose of study, aims, attainment targets, and assessment arrangements, but it is subject to inspection. Where schools are not using an agreed syllabus, standards will be judged in relation to the expectations set out in the RE Council’s Curriculum Framework for Religious Education in England (2013).
The North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus 2019–2024 fulfils the legal requirements set out above, and has its roots in the REC’s Framework (2013). It is written to support academies in meeting the requirements of their funding agreements. Academies are encouraged to adopt the syllabus, taking advantage of the resources and support that it offers.
A new Agreed Syllabus was introduced in September 2019. This syllabus will run until 2024.