Religious Education and the Law
Religious Education must be provided for all registered pupils in full time education except those withdrawn at the request of their parents.
This includes pupils on the school roll in Foundation Stage Year Two and 16-19 year old students in the School Sixth Forms.
Special schools must comply with this requirement by ensuring that every pupil receives Religious Education as far as is practicable.
Religious Education must be taught in accordance with an Agreed Syllabus in: Community schools.
Foundation schools (apart from those with a religious foundation where parents request RE to be 'denominational' or taught in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school).
Voluntary Controlled schools (apart from when parents request RE to be 'denominational' or taught in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school).
In Sandwell, RE meets the legal requirement insofar as it implements this Agreed Syllabus. Schools are not at liberty to plan and teach RE from any other basis.
Religious Education must be taught according to an Agreed Syllabus that reflects the fact 'that the religious traditions in Great Britain' are in the main Christian, while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. This syllabus does so.
Further detail about legal requirements may be found in the guidance section of the syllabus.