Wednesday 18 July 2018


Frequently-asked questions will appear here as they come in to the SACRE Agreed Syllabus team.

Please send any questions you have to us via the Contact us page. 

We will endeavour to include the most useful ones here.

How do I use the 2016 Agreed Syllabus?

Please read through the advice and guidance available in the Introduction section.

Do church schools/academies/all schools have to teach the agreed syllabus?

See The legal basis of RE in the curriculum.

In a nutshell, this syllabus is for all community, all CE (VC) schools and those academies that choose to teach it as their statutory RE syllabus (all academies have to teach an RE curriculum based on the principles of an agreed syllabus).

Can I teach the units in a different order?

Yes, the Programme of Units follow a suggested and progressive order; they are not obligatory for any school but they link well term-by-term across the school and individual units may stand alone.

How do I know which faith festivals/stories/beliefs to teach?

Check the Key Content first for the statutory elements.

If the previous key stage hasn’t covered all the Key Content for a particular faith, where do I start?

The Key Content is statutory for each key stage. The assumption is that each key stage builds upon what has gone before, so if the faith has not been wholly covered in a previous key stage, then successive teachers must build in opportunities to make up that content. It’s a good idea to keep track of coverage for each class.

How do I know how to pronounce the religious words?

SHAP Glossary website link in the Websites for pedagogy section of the site.

Where do I find the most important stories for each religion?

Statutory Key Content and Units of Learning have suggestions; later, we hope to produce supplementary materials to support the use of specific stories in different units

How do I get hold of a selection of religious artefacts?

Many things may be picked up for free through, for example, local churches, card shops, food delis, fabric stalls and when travelling abroad. 

For special faith artefacts try a supplier such as:

Why are there no units for secondary schools?

No one-size-fits-all-settings with individual timetabling and KS4 exams; we offer some starter exemplar materials in the KS3 section, but hope that secondaries will share their work in RE, so that we have examples of things that work well and that can be applied to other settings.  Please be in touch with us if you have such resources to share.  See Contact us page.

What do I teach a mixed year group?

Your choice!  You may work on a 2-year cycle of units, or work 2 units together. Just remember to track what the children have covered against the Key Content for their key stage.

Is it possible to assess RE without levels?

Yes! Take a look at the Assessment section first. We’re all learning how to best assess and there will be more to come on this as the syllabus beds in and we’ll know what its outcomes look like in practice.

How do I make contact with local faith communities?

Check local contacts with your local SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on RE) on the Contact us page.

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