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Itchen Abbas Primary School


The school recognises and values all beliefs and religions and teaches through the Hampshire syllabus called 'Living Difference III'.  Children are encouraged to learn and value different religious beliefs, with a focus to understanding key concepts which span a variety of religions, these include such themes as forgiveness, flight and sacred places.

Through assemblies the school recognises key dates in a variety of religions, sharing and celebrating Christian festivals with the children, such as Christmas and Easter.  The school seeks out opportunities to use first hand sources and visitors to speak to the children about religion. Long term planning for RE and other curriculum subjects can be found on the 'Our Learning' page.

RE is a statutory subject in schools:

  • Every local authority produces, through its SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education), a locally agreed syllabus for RE.
  • All schools within Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton (other than voluntary aided schools and academies with a religious foundation) follow the requirements of the locally agreed syllabus, Living Difference III. A copy of this can be found below.
  • Parents have the right to withdraw their children from parts of or all the RE curriculum in the school.
  • Parents are not legally required to provide any reason for their request to withdraw their child from RE, neither are they legally required to inform the school in writing. However, if you would like to discuss this further, please come in and speak to us.
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