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New Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of RE Launched

By Ryan Fisher, Journalist

The new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education 2017–2022, together with non-statutory guidance, Religion for Today and Tomorrow, is available for implementation from autumn 2017.

The new syllabus parallels the National Curriculum for community schools and is recommended for church schools, academies and free schools. This agreed syllabus sets out the statutory requirements for Hertfordshire community schools and foundation and voluntary schools without a religious character. It offers clarity and revision to the aims, time allocation, breadth of study and expected learning outcomes for religious education.

A resource containing the new non-statutory guidance, to support the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of Religious Education, has been created which will help practitioners to effectively organise their RE curriculum. This 76-page colour supplement invites learning across the eight key areas of RE for pupils across all phases: EYFS, Key Stage 1, lower Key Stage 2, upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

Pupils from Hertfordshire schools created the vibrant and striking artwork for both of the documents, and more competition entries were on display at the event.

Over 300 delegates from Hertfordshire schools attended the launch event for the new RE syllabus at the Hertfordshire Development Centre on Thursday 27th April.

Delegates heard a keynote speech from Dame Helen Hyde, and Lisa Kassapian, the Servicing Officer to Hertfordshire SACRE, who reinforced the new RE Syllabus’ pre-eminence and crucial place within the school curriculum, whilst addressing the requirements, revisions and key changes.

The launch was a real celebration of what Hertfordshire can produce locally. We are presenting our schools with an RE syllabus that is proud of its capacity to support a rigorous and academic subject, unique in its ability to enable personal development and shared human understanding,” explained Lisa.

The syllabus and supporting guidance reflects the make-up of Hertfordshire, a richly diverse community. Schools should now familiarise themselves with the new requirements and begin the gradual process of implementation from September 2017.”

More information about the new documents is available on the Herts for Learning online shop.

Herts for Learning is offering a range of key stage-specific implementation courses at the start of the academic year, to ensure that schools and academies understand and are fully prepared to use the new syllabus.

Implementing the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of
Religious Education – EYFS

Thursday 5th October 2017
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Implementing the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of
Religious Education – Key Stage 1

Thursday 12th October 2017 (Re run due to high demand)
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Implementing the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of
Religious Education – Key Stage 2

Thursday 19th October 2017 (Re run due to high demand)
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Implementing the new Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus of
Religious Education – Key Stage 3

Thursday 9th November 2017
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