Religious Education

Each local authority has a statutory responsibility to offer a syllabus for Religious Education for use in all community and Voluntary Controlled church schools. Voluntary Aided church schools and church schools converting to academy status may choose to use these syllabi and should consult with the diocese when planning their RE curriculum.

Locally agreed syllabi offer planned units of work, guidance and assessment advice.

Schools can access the materials for their area by selecting one of the following two links:

The RE Statement of Entitlement for all Church schools and academies is available to download below.

Understanding Christianity is the exciting major resource from the Church of England to support the teaching of Christianity in religious education. The diocese offers training to support the use of this resource in all schools.

Learn, Teach, Lead RE hubs are up and running, offering school-to-school support in local areas around the diocese.

Each term, we offer a day’s course on an aspect of RE and training to support RE coordinators. See our CPD programme for continuing professional development opportunities.

Useful websites and resources for RE leaders can be accessed via the following links:

Select the relevant SACRE web addresses for your area from the links below:


RE Knowledge Organisers from the Diocese of Lincoln

Checklist for headteachers and governors

Checklist for RE subject leaders

Making a Difference - a review of religious education in the Church of England

RE Statement of Entitlement - February 2019

Governor guidance on RE, collective worship and SMSC - 2019

Church of England Education Office statement on understanding Christianity and SIAMS

Ofsted and RE 

RE model policy

RE audit visit profile

Skills in RE

LTLRE - pupil conferencing

Presentation ideas for RE

NATRE home learning resources

Teaching about the Eucharist in Schools June 2021 

Who to contact

Pauline Dodds, Diocesan Schools Adviser (Wells Archdeaconry)

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