Religious Education: Teaching and Learning

Kent Agreed Syllabus – Planning guidance

The new Kent Agreed Syllabus (KAS) was launched on the 21st November 2017, rendering the previous KAS obsolete from September 2018.

The Diocese of Canterbury has created a long term overview for Church schools to support their planning of RE in their schools. This overview incorporates Understanding Christianity units and world faith units written by RE Today and Diocesan officers.

Long term Overview for RE planning – updated January 2018

World faith planning

Copies of the world faith planning will be provided to schools who pay their core service charge, via email. Other schools will be charged separately. These plans follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus.

These plans must not be passed onto other schools as they come with a strict copyright agreement with RE today.

Christianity planning

Schools should continue to develop their plans using the Understanding Christianity materials. Church schools in Canterbury Diocese are encouraged to use Understanding Christianity for the teaching of the Christian faith.

SIAMS inspectors consider the Understanding Christianity resources and planning to be the benchmark for providing a rich and varied enquiry approach to raise the religious literacy of all children.

Religious Literacy – The ability to hold a balanced and informed conversation about religion and belief.

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  • Schools must put in place systems for assessment that result in teachers and pupils being able to gauge progress and attainment in RE.
  • The assessment of RE can follow the current assessment system or language being used within the school to assess other core curriculum subjects.
  • Attainment should be high and progress significant in developing an understanding of Christianity and a broad range of religions and world views.
  • Pupil achievement in RE should equal or be better than comparable subjects, and all pupils should take a recognised and appropriate qualification at KS4.
  • RE leaders should also have opportunity to monitor RE teaching and learning within their schools, through observations and a book scrutiny.

Monitoring of RE document

The Diocese of Canterbury has created an excel spreadsheet to support teachers in monitoring progress and attainment in RE. For a copy of this document, please contact Rebecca.

Guidance from Kent SACRE on assessment without levels:

Enquiry based learning

All RE planning, Understanding Christianity units and the new KAS units, are based on an enquiry based learning model. The enquiry units and resources below could be used alongside the suggested overview to support and enhance the teaching of RE in schools or could be used to form an RE enrichment week.

Enquiry based learning teaching model (Word). PowerPoint presentation. Enquiry-based learning question grid (Word format)

Enquiry unit sample plans:

For more information or support with Religious Education in your school please contact Rebecca Swansbury at