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Religious Education

Religious education is very important in Church of England schools.

In voluntary aided schools, the governing body controls the religious education and this must be according to the rites, practices and principles of the Church in England. We provide guidelines to support this and support is available from our RE Adviser and School Consultants.

In voluntary controlled schools, the religious education must follow the locally agreed syllabus unless parents request that it is according to the rites, practices and principles of the Church in England or Church in Wales.

New RE Syllabus for Primary Schools

The new RE Syllabus for Primary Schools in the Diocese of Chester can be seen here.

To see current in-service training being provided, see the latest newsletter here.

Secondary RE Framework

Download the Revised Framework for Religious Education in Church of England Secondary Schools and Academies

Former Primary RE Guidelines

Download the former Primary RE Guidelines

Download the RE Medium Term Planning Matrix

Download the RE School Policy Proforma

Other information

For suggestions about what to include in the RE Curriculum about the Church of England, click here.

Brief information about the Diocese of Chester and some of its historic parishes can be found here.

Information about the church's calendar can be found here.

Places of Worship

Jane Brooke and Sue Glover have produced a list of possible places of worship which are suitable for schools to visit. To download the list, click here.

Visits to places of worship of other faiths

Some parents have objected to visits arranged by their schools to places of worship of other faiths.  Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education, but it is regrettable when this occurs.  The following statement may assist:

In all church schools collective worship and the whole ethos are based on the teachings of the Church of England.  This makes our schools distinctively Christian.

However, within this Christian environment, it is entirely appropriate and necessary in today’s world, that respect for the great world faiths is fostered in Religious Education. This respect must be based on an accurate and sympathetic understanding of the other faiths which is consistent with the school’s loyalty to its Christian foundation. This approach provides learners with a greater understanding of the world and society in which they are growing up. Children are able to see the faith of others in relation to their own.

We seek to build up harmonious relations within communities, promoting inclusion for all and combating the evils of racism.

In order to successfully achieve our aims, we believe it is appropriate for children to have supervised visits to places of worship of different faiths and also to hear from adherents of those faiths about their beliefs.  Such events must always be under the supervision of members of staff ensuring that such events are only to provide information.

Cathedral Presentation

The Cathedral have produced a very useful PowerPoint presentation which can be used:

  • to introduce Chester Cathedral
  • to reinforce learning after a visit to the cathedral
  • to compare the cathedral with a local church.

To download it click here.

RE Quality Mark

If you would like information on the RE Quality Mark here.

Other Publications

To see publications available for purchase, click here.

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Individual Schools – Details about individual schools including inspection reports can be found here. A Google map showing the position of Church of England schools in the Diocese is here.

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