Primary: Church Schools - RE Briefing & Getting RE-ady for the Revised Syllabus Session 3

This briefing will provide:

‘Getting RE-ady for the Revised Syllabus’ Session 3

  • Launch the completed syllabus
  • Share the support materials produced by the Diocese and SACRE
  • Share the implementation resources for subject leaders to use with teachers
  • A gap task to enable RE Subject leaders to prepare their school for the implementation of the revised RE Syllabus


  • updates on local and national developments in R.E.
  • awareness of useful and new resources in RE
  • opportunities to network with other colleagues in Church schools 
  • opportunities to share good practice and contribute to subject leaders’ professional development

This briefing is for RE subject leaders in Church of England primary schools.

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GDBE elevate CORE Free
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Jane Whittington, Schools Officer RE and Christian Distinctiveness

Jane has been a school’s officer with the Diocese of Guildford since 2013.  Before that she taught in primary schools in Surrey and Hampshire, this included headships in both church and community schools.

Jane set up one of the first prayer spaces in her school in 2008 and currently is a networker for the Prayer Spaces in Schools team, in this role she assists with training and writing materials.  Jane is an assessor for the Christian Aid Global Neighbours awards.

In her current role Jane provides training and support for school leaders, teachers, and governors in the areas of Christian distinctiveness, vision and values in church schools, spiritual development, Religious Education, collective worship,  PHSE and developing links with their parish church.  She works with diocesan colleagues to train clergy and church volunteers.

Areas of specialism: Christian distinctiveness, vision and values in church schools, spiritual development, Religious Education, collective worship, PHSE in church schools, school and church links.

Role within the Diocese: School’s Officer with responsibility for Christian Distinctiveness

Rachel Boxer, GDBE RE Consultant

BC (before children!) Rachel taught in the primary phase, as RE subject leader in community school settings for much of that time, with additional responsibilities for Collective Worship and SMSC. She has been involved as a writer in the past 4 reviews of the Surrey RE Agreed Syllabus, leading the Primary teams for the revisions in 2007 & 2012 and most recently, co-ordinating the complete review of the new Surrey Agreed Syllabus (2017-1022). She has also reviewed the Diocesan Guidelines for VA Schools and the Diocesan Collective Worship Guidelines (both twice!). In addition to her Diocesan role alongside Jane Whittington, Rachel is currently the RE adviser to Surrey SACRE, and leads RE subject leader training sessions for both the Diocese and Surrey RE networks.

When not reviewing syllabi, Rachel also writes assembly materials and is a regular contributor to the BBC Schools’ Radio Collective Worship programme ‘Something to Think About’.

Areas of specialism:
Statutory RE provision; RE in primary classrooms; supporting RE subject leaders; practical ideas for collective worship

Role within the Diocese:
Associate Consultant for RE (Primary) Adviser to Surrey SACRE