RE Scheme 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Scheme of Work for Primary RE 


This new Diocesan scheme of work has evolved from the previous scheme that was first published in 2014. It takes account of much of the thinking that has been happening over the last few years.

Please note that the scheme is not yet complete. More units and recoruces will be added over the coming months.

The scheme suggests the Understanding Christianity resource units that may be taught in place of the scheme’s units. It also references the proposed National Statement of Entitlement that has been included in the Religious Educations Councils latest Curriculum Resource document:

A copy of the Statement of Entitlement is included at the end of the scheme overview.

This scheme is not presented as a finished piece of work. A curriculum in any subject needs to be continually evolving and adapting to new developments, cohorts and contexts. Every school is different. Some of you will be teaching in mixed classes, some of which will also be mixed phase. This will mean that units need to be adapted. There are also different syllabuses that you need to follow. Some will require a broader range of religious tradition than others. Some will specify in which year groups certain religions are to be taught.

The scheme no longer links units to specific terms withing the year. Each year group has three units focused on Christianity, two focused on a second worldview and a philosophy unit that gives the opportunity to teachers to revisit learning about a range of worldviews, including Christianity. This is going to be the best unit for exploring non-religious worldviews.

The vision for this scheme is that it will be a collaborative project. Anyone who adapts a unit, completely rewrites a unit or provides a unit that doesn’t already exist is invited to send it in.

The scheme already contains intent, implementation, and impact statements, as well as a core knowledge building blocks chart. Development work will continue through the academic year 2024-25, with the creation of some units for the new syllabuses that are being produced, as well as some knowledge organisers and sample resurces. .

For further information, to submit a unit or send feedback, please contact


Intent, Implementation and Impact

Scheme Overview

Knowledge Building Blocks

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