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National Framework for religious education


Last updated: 20 Mar 2009

QCA has published The non-statutory national framework for religious education. The framework and a fact sheet can be downloaded from this page.

The framework was developed by QCA in partnership with the DfES and a wide range of faith and belief communities and professional RE associations. The framework sets out standards for learning and attainment and exemplifies the contribution of religious education to the school curriculum. The framework highlights the significant contribution religious education makes to pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and its important role in preparing pupils for life in a diverse society.

The guidance is designed to benefit all pupils by improving the quality of teaching and learning in religious education. It is aimed mainly at those with a responsibility for religious education in maintained schools in England, local authorities, agreed syllabus conferences (ASCs) and standing advisory councils in religious education (SACREs). It will also be of interest to faith communities, teachers, parents and pupils, school governors, managers and leaders, inspectors and advisers, further education providers and resources developers.

Steering group membership

  • The Church of England
  • The Catholic Church
  • The Free Churches
  • The Greek Orthodox Church
  • The Methodist Church
  • The Russian Orthodox Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (Diocese of Sourozh)
  • The British Union Conference of 7th Day Adventists
  • The Buddhist Society · ISKCON Education Services
  • National Council of Hindu Temples
  • The Muslim Council of Britain
  • The Muslim Educational Trust
  • The Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • The Agency for Jewish Education
  • The Network of Sikh Organisations
  • Guru Nanak School
  • The Baha’i Faith
  • The British Humanist Association
  • The Inter Faith Network
  • The Association of Religious Education Inspectors, Advisors and Consultants (AREIAC)
  • The Association of University Lecturers of Religious Education (AULRE)
  • The National Association of Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (NASACRE)
  • The Professional Council for Religious Education (PCfRE)
  • The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (RE Council)
  • The Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
  • The Office for Standards in Education (OfSTED)
  • The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
  • Prime Minister's adviser of faith issues

Writing group membership

  • The National Association of Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (NASACRE)
  • The Association of Religious Education Inspectors, Advisors and Consultants (AREIAC)
  • The Professional Council for Religious Education (PCfRE)
  • The Association of University Lecturers of Religious Education (AULRE)
  • The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (RE Council)
  • The Office for Standards in Education (OfSTED)
  • The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
  • The Department for Education and Skills (DfES)


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