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Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education

The teaching of Religious Education is essential for the children and the development of their cultural capital. At Godstone Primary and Nursery School, we use The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools 2023-2028, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The syllabus promotes equality and respect for people of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The syllabus' units build on previous learning, ensuring progression throughout the children's education at Godstone Primary and Nursery School.  

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the whole or part of the RE curriculum, 'on grounds of conscience'. 


  • To develop pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • The teaching of Religious Education is essential for our children and the development of their cultural capital, whilst helping to educate them in British Values, especially the ‘mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith’ 
  • The active participation in lessons will help them to grow into caring adults who make positive contributions to society. As the religious beliefs of our children and families at Godstone Primary and Nursery School are expanding, it is important that children learn and begin to understand that others are different to themselves. It helps children develop an acceptance that others may be different to themselves, rather than fear or ridicule these differences


  • The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Surrey Schools 2017-2022 is used to teach RE
  • Units are taught in the order that they are entered on the whole school curriculum map, building on previous taught units in that religion or area of study
  • Both knowledge and skills are taught, skills currently taught throughout the year groups
  • RE is taught for the equivalent of an hour a week, which can be taught in a teaching block, not necessarily each week
  • Revised RE syllabus to be implemented in September 2022
  • Introduction to the revised syllabus for the RE coordinator in June 2022 to then be disseminated to teaching staff in the Summer term
  • Learning walk to include looking at children’s RE books in the Spring term
  • Invest in resources and enrichment opportunities to complement our curriculum
  • RE supports other subjects in the school curriculum, including, but not limited to English, PSHE, History, Geography and Art  
  • Two local ministers of religion to take an assembly each term
  • Next parental survey to include a statement asking if there are any parents or family members who would be willing to share about their religious faith practises


  • All children will make good and sustained progress and attainment in RE
  • Pupils will talk with knowledge and understanding about what they have learnt in RE
  • Pupils will apply the skills taught, to their learning in RE and begin to apply these to other subjects
  • Pupils will have respect for those with different faiths to their own