The Non-statutory National Framework for Religious Education, QCA 2004

The National non-statutory framework for RE is essential reading for tutors and trainees preparing for work in RE in schools. The document is a product of extensive consultation and seeks to provide a nationally agreed framework for RE that corresponds to those published for national curriculum subjects. It shows the contribution of RE to the school curriculum and its role in challenging prejudice and stereotyping. The legal position is explained and the knowledge skills and understanding to be attained from foundation stage through to 14 -19 are described. The two attainment targets, Learning About (AT1) and Learning From (AT2) Religion are examined and details of the eight levels of expected performance given. The subject's significant contribution to inclusion is evident in the many references made to its role in challenging stereotypical views, appreciating, positively, differences in others, and providing opportunities to consider the impact of others' beliefs an one's own action and lifestyle.

The framework is written for local education authorities, agreed syllabus conferences and standing advisory councils on RE and is an important document for school governors and managers, inspectors and ITE providers.


In ITE this authoritative account of the subject's curricular contribution and legal status will highlight the significance of religious diversity in contemporary society and provide the means of effectively exploring this in RE, Citizenship, and PSHE.

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