Coordinating Religious Education Across the Primary School by Derek Bastide

By Derek Bastide

Offers help for RE Coordinators who're attempting to get non secular schooling adequately proven of their fundamental faculties. The textual content focuses upon problems with making plans, enforcing and resourcing and goals to be a elementary advisor.

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Above all it seeks to enrich these areas which are unique to each individual. ) In summary, spiritual education is concerned firstly with the individual acquiring beliefs and values within the context of that individual’s overall convictions about the purpose of life and, secondly, with helping individuals to develop a basis for personal and social behaviour. In this way spiritual and moral development are closely related as, under normal circumstances, action would arise out of belief and value.

Whereas RE is only one of many partners in spiritual and moral development it would be surprising if the subject did not have a particularly major contribution to make to spiritual and moral development because in many ways it is seeking the same ends. RE is, for example, concerned to help children to reflect upon the meaning and purpose of life and to find for themselves a faith or code by which to live. It seeks to help pupils to explore beliefs and their effect upon the lives of believers. It endeavours to introduce children to the central beliefs, values and practices of the major religious traditions which must be at least an element in a spiritual journey and to evaluate them.

In addition to this advisory role, the SACRE does have two very specific responsibilities. Firstly, it can require the LEA to review its Agreed Syllabus. If such a requirement is made, then the LEA must constitute a Standing Conference to review the syllabus. Secondly, SACRE can consider requests from schools for a variation in the legal requirement for the act of worship. These applications would come from schools where a significant number of pupils are from religious backgrounds which are not Christian and, if SACRE approved, a school would be granted a determination for five years exempting it from the legal requirement to provide acts of worship which are ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, though this would not allow a school to discontinue worship.

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