Schools agree new religious syllabus

STAFF and pupils at North Somerset’s religious schools will be using a new syllabus from next week.

The district’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) has launched a new curriculum which will be adopted by voluntary controlled schools on Monday.

The new syllabus has been agreed by all SACRE partners, which include North Somerset Council, the Church of England, other Christian denominations and religious groups and teachers’ associations.

SACRE chairman Tony Moulin said: “I am delighted to be able to recommend the new syllabus to our schools.

“People don’t always appreciate that modern RE is not about persuading people to be ‘religious’, but rather helping them get an intelligent understanding of religions and beliefs in our world today.

“The new syllabus promotes an enquiry-based approach to religious education that will help all of our young people, whatever their personal beliefs and background, to reflect on what is most important in life and hopefully encourage them to make their own contribution to a better future.”

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