Religious Education: Expectations
Excellence in religious education will be characterised by clear religious learning objectives and key content, by appropriate methodologies, rigour, richness of resources, achievement of identified outcomes and accurate methods of assessment.
Religious Education is to be taught, developed and resourced with the same commitment as other core subjects. Tasks given to pupils need to be clearly focused and sufficiently demanding. The objective of religious education is to include analysis and reflection, critical appreciation of sources and examples, and a real sense of progression through the different stages of education. As such, it requires the unequivocal support of the leadership of every Catholic school. It also requires 10% of the length of the taught week for each Key Stage and 5% of the taught week in the Sixth Form.
Religious Education, alongside the National Curriculum, forms the Basic Curriculum in all schools (Education Act 2002). Whereas the content of National Curriculum subjects is determined by the government, curriculum content of Religious Education in Catholic schools is determined by the Catholic bishops (School Standards and Framework Act 1998).