The Education Act 1996, School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and Education Act 2002 require that:
- Religious education should be taught to all children and young people other than those in nursery classes and except for those withdrawn at the wish of their parents. Teachers’ rights are safeguarded, should they wish to withdraw from the teaching of religious education.
- Religious education in all community, foundation and voluntary controlled schools should be taught in accordance with an Agreed Syllabus.
- An Agreed Syllabus should reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principal religions in Great Britain.
- An Agreed Syllabus must not be designed to convert pupils, or to urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils.
- An Agreed Syllabus Conference must be convened every five years to review the existing syllabus.
Local Authority Agreed Syllabus
In accordance with the Education Act (2006), the teaching of Religious Education at Hook Junior School follows the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus ‘Living Difference III’ (revised December 2016)