School effectiveness

Guidance for schools

Religious issues affecting school life
RE and reflection
Religion and other curriculum subjects

Religious issues affecting school life

Funeral rites across different cultures
A description of responses to death, and rituals and beliefs observed by a variety of faiths and cultures. For a useful review of books for bereaved children, visit the British Humanist Association website.

Guidance for schools with Jehovah's Witness pupils
Information sheet courtesy of Diocese of Chichester

Guidance for schools with Muslim pupils (updated September 2016)
Information regarding Ramadan and other issues that might arise in schools with Muslim pupils.

Guidance on parental objections to visits to places of worship
Information leaflet containing advice and examples of good practice.

The Sikh Kirpan in Schools
Guidance for schools regarding the wearing of the Sikh kirpan in schools.

RE and reflection

Example school reflection policy
Sample document for use by schools.

Example school religious education policy: infant schools
Sample policy updated 2015.

Example school religious education policy: primary schools
Sample policy updated 2015.

Example school religious education policy: voluntary aided primary schools
Sample policy for schools using Ealing syllabus, updated 2015.

Monitoring RE and reflection
One-page proforma for making returns (see guidance below).

Ofsted RE-specific guidance for inspectors
Ofsted’s guidance to inspectors regarding the criteria for judging level descriptors with respect to RE provision (December 2013).

Reflection: guidance for schools
Document designed to help schools develop policies that encourage the participation of all pupils and staff in daily acts of reflection.

Religious contacts and resources
Contact details and web links to places, people and organisations that might be useful to RE teachers in Ealing (updated Jan 2016).

Right to withdraw from collective worship
Extract from DFE Circular 194.

Right to withdraw from religious education
Extract from DFE Circular 194.

Transcending the gap between religious and nonreligious
Notes of a workshop on how RE and reflection can promote community cohesion delivered at "A sense of belonging", a conference held on 27 March 2009.

Religion and other curriculum subjects

Letter to parents who want to withdraw their child from music on religious grounds
Sample letter that can be adapted and sent out when dealing with parents who wish to withdraw their child from music lessons. This example is based on a letter drafted by one of Ealing's primary headteachers; it is an example of good practice in that, although holding firm on the grounds that parents do not have the legal right to withdraw their children from music, it offers a compromise in another area. The letter addresses concerns raised by a Muslim parent, but could equally apply to parents from other religious groups, such as Jehovah's Witnesses. It also contains a quote from Julie Lewis (assistant director, school effectiveness) confirming the local authority's position.

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Last updated: 31 Oct 2016