Religious Education Core Syllabus
Religious Education (RE) is a compulsory part of the Northern Ireland curriculum,although parents have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of RE or collective worship. Schools have to provide RE in accordance with the core syllabus drawn up by the four main churches and specified by the Department. The Department specified a revised core syllabus in June 2007, which was phased in from September 2007, beginning with Years 1,5,8 and 11. You can access the Core Syllabus by clicking on the link below:
- Core Syllabus for Religious Education PDF 180KB
- Core Syllabus for Religious Education (Irish Version) PDF 127KB
The RE core syllabus includes Christianity, morality and for the first time, World Religions and a requirement at Key Stage 4 for pupils to study The Christian Church from both a Protestant and a Roman Catholic perspective. It provides a common core for the teaching of RE that schools are free to build upon in a way that suits the needs of their pupils and the ethos of the school. This is in keeping with the greater flexibility being provided by the curriculum and gives schools scope to include, for example, additional material on World religions or any other RE related subject matter.
The core syllabus is supported by teaching materials developed with the support of a representative advisory group co-chaired by the Churches and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).