School curriculum

Religious education

Schools must teach religious education, however you can take your child out of part, or all of the lessons. Your child can take themselves out of lessons from the age of 18.

The religious education (RE) curriculum is set locally by each council in the UK.

In Newham, councillors, teachers, faith leaders and representatives have come together to agree a syllabus for religious education (PDF)  and guidelines for collective worship (PDF) . This document sets out what pupils aged 3 to 19 will study in their RE lessons in the schools that we maintain.

Due to COVID19 pandemic the review of Newham's Agreed Syllabus for RE will start again in April 2021, with the revised RE syllabus for schools being taught from September 2022.

Newham's Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) Annual Report 2019-20 (PDF).