Curriculum Vital

On a wing and a prayer
Religious Studies in the new National Curriculum in England Key Stage 3-4 and A-level

Religious Studies, like PSHE, is not a statutory subject at Key Stage 3. However, section 2.3 of the new National Curriculum in England framework document states:

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.

At Key Stage 4 and A-level things are different. The Department of Education has published confirmed criteria for GCSE and A Level Religious Studies, with first teaching taking place in September 2016:

  • For GCSE, students will have to study two faiths;
  • The study of two faiths will make up at least 50% of the new GCSE;
  • Students will have to consider two religious perspectives in response to themes and issues such as death and the afterlife, and crime and punishment;
  • Assessment will be entirely by exam, as it is currently. 

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