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Date by which the school adopted the policy: September 2014

Anticipated review date: July 2016

Signed by Chair of Governors:

Signed by Staff:

Religious Education Policy

This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for Religious Education at the Burlington Church of England School.


At Burlington Church of England School we consciously strive to achieve a positive ethos throughout school and this we feel is closely reflected in Religious Education.  

We see the context in which the pupil learns and the values at the heart of the school as important. The full potential of Religious Education cannot be achieved if it does not relate to the whole life of the school.  In order to achieve a whole school approach to the development of RE within the school, we have produced this policy document in accordance with the Education Reform Act 1998 and the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus for RE.

This policy is designed to contribute to the spiritual, moral and social development of the children in the school.


RE is an important part of the school curriculum. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people’s lives and how that faith is expressed in their daily lives and routines. The overall aims are:

 That all children form their own opinions about religious beliefs and customs and that they develop an understanding and tolerance of people who hold a strong faith.

 To help pupils understand some of the impact of religion throughout the world, its influences on the lives of individuals and communities and its effect on the cultural diversity of their own and other societies both presently and in the past.

 To support pupils personal and spiritual development by encouraging self awareness and self respect.

 To help pupils develop their social and moral development by encouraging a positive attitude and valuing the beliefs of others, however different from their own.

 To develop the ability to think about questions and belief and value.

 To provide tolerance of and sensitivity towards those with religious beliefs different from one’s own.

 To give children values by which to live.

 To enhance pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development by; -

o Developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences, and how religious teachings and philosophical ideas can relate to them;

o Responding to such questions with reference to the teachings and practices of religions, and to their own understanding and experience;

o Reflecting on pupils’ own thoughts, feelings, relationships, beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study.


The broad content of our religious education scheme of work is taken from the Agreed Syllabus. (2005)

Planning reflects both attainment targets:

AT1 - Learning about Religion.

AT2 - Learning From Religion.

Christianity is studied in depth across both Key Stages.  We also focus on Judaism in KS1 and Judaism and Buddhism in KS2.  Knowledge of aspects of other faiths that naturally enhance cross-curricular work is incorporated in both Key Stages as and when appropriate.  The two year (three year in Year 4/5/6) whole school planning, based on the 2005 Agreed Syllabus, seeks to ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression.

Children take part in celebrating the major Christian festivals and seasons of the year.  Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost are covered with each year group with different emphasis and depth as the children mature.  

Time Allocation

The time allocated to Religious Education follows the recommendations in the Agreed Syllabus document, and is not less than 5% of curriculum time.  Currently Religious Education is timetabled on a weekly basis.

Teaching Religious Education

At Burlington Church of England School Religious Education is taught by individual class teachers.

We base our teaching and learning style in RE on the key principle that good teaching in RE allows children both to learn about religious traditions and to reflect on what the religious ideas and concepts mean to them... Our teaching enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes spiritual growth and development.

We use a variety of styles and strategies incorporating periods of reflection, art, drama, movement, pictures, stories, music, poetry, discussion, visits and visitors.

We recognise that children in our school have widely differing abilities and provide suitable learning opportunities for all by differentiation.

We are in walking distance of St Cuthbert’s Church and have used the support of the local vicar to support our work in school. We have close links with the church and Reverend Malcolm is a regular visitor into school.

Teachers attend County INSET courses for RE including the local area RE Network, and then feed back to other staff where appropriate.


A variety of RE resources is available in school.  These include teachers/children reference books, teachers’ resource books, packs, pictorial resources eg posters, pictures, photographs, magazines, namely ‘RE Today’ and ‘Cracking RE’.  Resources are shared and all staff including visiting students have equal access to all resources. These resources are shared and kept in the staff room in resource boxes.  Other loan boxes can be organised from the Diocesan Resource Centre, Carlisle, and St Martin’s College Resource Centre, Lancaster as well as CDEC and the Library Service.

Visitors from a range of faith communities are invited into school to work with the children.

Links with other subjects.

Religious Education has links with other areas of the curriculum including English, History and Art.  It is also linked to the way in which the school organises its collective worship. Collective worship is provided according to Cumbria’s Diocesan guidelines and while it is seen as being distinct from R.E. there are certain links which can be identified.

Religious Education also provides opportunities for teaching the following cross-curricular dimensions – Equal Opportunities, PHSE and Citizenship.

Assessment Recording and Reporting

Assessment is part of the teaching process and linked clearly to intended R.E. learning objectives for both attainment targets.

We assess children’s knowledge and awareness of the subject on a regular basis by observing their interactions and relationships with others, by questioning and listening to them and by assessing individual and group pieces of work.

Once termly each pupil completes a formal assessment which is levelled using the Agreed Syllabus Level Descriptions.  The assessment is marked and moderated by the teaching staff and kept in individual assessment books. These assessment books are passed on each year to track progress and achievement throughout the child’s schooling.

Written comments on a child’s strengths and areas for development are included in the annual report to parents.

Evaluation of teaching and learning may take place by means of a number of methods including:

 Looking at children’s work

 Analysis of teachers’ planning

 Discussion among the whole staff

 Classroom observation

 External inspection and advice

Withdrawal from Religious Education

It is recognised that parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education – in its entirety or in part. If a parent chooses to withdraw their child from Religious Education then arrangements will be made for the child to be withdrawn during Religious Education lessons by the class teacher in consultation with the Headteacher.


RE subject leader: Sarah Powell

 This policy was discussed and agreed by all teachers in Burlington C of E School and approved by the curriculum committee of the Governing Body on

____________________              Next review date July 2016.

R.E. Policy