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Religious Education

Religious education in voluntary-aided schools is the responsibility of the governing body. Frequently, this follows diocesan advice as outlined in the syllabus for religious education, which is provided by Blackburn Diocese and can be purchased for £75. However, teachers and headteachers in aided schools must confirm this with the governing body.

Voluntary controlled schools must follow their local authority's agreed syllabus for religious education but may find some parts of the diocesan syllabus useful in doing so.

Collective worship in both voluntary aided and voluntary controlled church schools has to promote and reflect the school's Anglican foundation.

There are regular training courses in religious education, collective worship, church school self-evaluation and aspects of church school ethos. There are also advisers available to respond to individual school's needs in these areas and to help prepare schools for their SIAMS inspections.

For more information on the Primary RE Syllabus, religious education and Collective Worship in both primary and secondary schools please contact Terry Hart, RE and Christian Distinctiveness Adviser at

This is an opportunity to learn together and also share practice and communicate with each other about the subject content.


Download RE & Christian Distinctiveness Training Schedule 2022/23

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