At Ham Dingle we have a Curriculum Leader for RE who attends the Dudley Primary Coordinators meetings. We follow the recommendations of the SACRE Dudley Agreed Syllabus for teaching RE in our school. Religious education is an important curriculum subject and makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.
The purpose of the RE Agreed Syllabus is to support the provision of high-quality RE in Dudley local authority maintained schools.
The agreed syllabus is shared below:
Right to withdraw from RE lessons and Acts of Worship
At Ham Dingle we would wish to include all children. However, we recognise that parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education, which forms part of the school’s basic curriculum. To exercise this right parents are asked to write to the headteacher informing the headteacher of their desire to exercise the right to withdrawal from RE. The headteacher will invite parents into school to discuss their concerns, clarify the nature of the RE provided by the school and set out the options open to the parents as set out in education law. In line with Dudley SACRE’s recommendation, where a pupil is withdrawn from RE and they do not take part in alternative religious education they will be supervised by an appropriate member of staff whilst doing work set by their parents which will seek to further their knowledge and understanding of their parents beliefs and values. At Ham Dingle this will normally take place in the child's classroom whilst the other children participate in the RE lesson.