Religious Education (RE) in LDBS Secondary Schools

There is no set RE syllabus for LDBS schools, but our schools comply with the Statement for Entitlement for RE, which can be found here.

RE is an academic subject and is studied through a range of relevant disciplines including theology, philosophy and the human and social sciences. It is a legal requirement that there is provision for RE through Key Stage 3, and into Key Stage 5.

Dates for RE HODs meetings 2022/2023

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 2.00pm-3.30pm, Focus on this summer’s GCSE and A level exam papers. Room A, LDBS, 36 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AA

Wednesday 1 February 2023, 2.00pm-3.30pm, Focus on subject knowledge: Orthodox Christianity. Meet at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral https://www.standrewsgreekorthodoxcathedral.co.uk/

Thursday 29 June 2023, 2.00pm-3.30pm Focus on enriching RE. Room A, LDBS, 36 Causton Street, London, SW1P 4AA

 

RE and SIAMS

RE is inspected through the SIAMS inspection schedule, strand 7. Discover more here

 

RE and Ofsted

The relevant information regarding Ofsted and SIAMS (Section 48 inspection) inspections is found in paragraphs 61- 66 of the Ofsted Guidance School Inspection Handbook (updated 14 April 2022). Ofsted may visit RE in your school to evaluate pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, personal development and/or behaviour and attitudes.

Inspection of religious education and collective worship (from Ofsted Guidance School Inspection Handbook (updated 14 April 2022))

  1. The Secretary of State designates certain schools as having a religious character.[footnote 20] In schools without a religious character, we inspect religious education (RE) and collective worship as part of inspections under section 5.
  2. This is different in schools with a religious character. In most of these schools, denominational education and collective worship are inspected by a body appointed by the maintained school’s governing body under section 48 of the Education Act 2005 or as provided in the academy’s funding agreement.[footnote 21] In a voluntary controlled school designated as having a religious character, we inspectRE, but not collective worship.
  3. Inspectors may, however, gather evidence from anywhere relevant (includingRElessons and assemblies) to evaluate pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, personal development and/or behaviour and attitudes. The fact that the school has been designated as having a religious character must be referenced in the ‘information about this school’ section of the inspection report.
  4. Section 48 inspections (or the equivalent inspection of an academy) are usually carried out every 3 to 5 years (and usually within 2 to 3 years of a new voluntary-aided school or academy/free school opening).[footnote 22] Section 48 inspections were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and restarted in September 2021. The first inspection will be within 8 years of the last, rather than the usual 3 to 5. The lead inspector on a section 5 inspection will check the section 48 arrangements. This includes when the next inspection is due and when the last inspection was. They will write about this in the inspection report. They will ensure that the required consultation has taken place with the prescribed faith body when a school has a prescribed faith body and decides not to use that body’s inspection service but to appoint its own inspector.
  5. Inspectors will familiarise themselves with any issues raised in any section 48 inspection (or equivalent) held since the last Ofsted inspection. Inspectors will not, however, use that evidence in an Ofsted inspection.[footnote 23]The lead inspector will report if the section 48 inspection (or equivalent inspection of an academy) is overdue and that, therefore, the school is failing in its statutory duty. They will do this in the inspection report.
  6. If a section 48 inspection (or equivalent inspection of an academy) happens at the same time as an Ofsted section 5 inspection, inspectors will mention this in the ‘information about this school’ section.

Useful Downloads and Links

RE Today and NATRE Anti-racist RE materials