Curriculum Design in Religious Education – #balancedRE

This animation sets out a balanced approach to curriculum design in RE.

The approach to RE curriculum design has been developed by four Diocesan RE advisers* for use in all schools and academies. This work has been developed in collaboration with teachers and subject experts over the last four years and has recently received support from the Church of England Education Office to facilitate its further development. The four advisers set out to try and achieve a balanced curriculum that enables pupils to hold balanced and well-informed conversations about religion and belief. This balanced approach will ensure that children and young people are able effectively develop their religious literacy. Implicit within this is the study of a range of religions, belief systems and worldviews.

The resources below will help teachers explore and implement this approach. If you have any questions about using these resources in school, about RE curriculum design or about the place of RE on a broad and balanced curriculum, please contact the Diocesan RE Adviser at

Balanced RE - The Context

Balanced RE - Key Principles

Balanced RE - self-audit (primary)

Balanced RE - self-audit (secondary)

*Jane Chipperton (Diocese of St Albans), Gillian Georgiou (Diocese of Lincoln), Olivia Seymour (Diocese of York) and Kathryn Wright (Diocese of Norwich)

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