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Religious education guidance in English schools: Non-statutory guidance 2010

You can download this guidance in PDF format.

The purpose of this guidance, produced by DCSF, is to support the provision of high-quality religious education (RE) in maintained schools in England. It provides clear non-statutory guidance about RE in the curriculum and the roles of those who have a responsibility for, involvement in or interest in the subject. The guidance is intended for:

  • local authorities (LAs), standing advisory councils on religious education (SACREs) and agreed syllabus conferences (ASCs)
  • governors, headteachers, curriculum planners, teachers and trainee teachers of RE and others in maintained schools
  • educational agencies, advisers, inspectors and consultants
  • providers of initial teacher training (ITT) and continuing professional development (CPD), trainers and mentors
  • representatives of religion and belief groups locally and nationally
  • RE professional bodies, national and local.

This guidance does not constitute an authoritative interpretation of the law; that is a matter for the courts.

Read the DCSF press notice.

Last updated: 01 February 2010

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