Inspection reports

Religious education

Ofsted reports in religious education and materials for schools  

  • Transforming religious education - 6 June 2010. This report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of religious education (RE) in primary and secondary schools and discusses the key issues at the heart of RE teaching. It is based principally on evidence from visits to 94 primary and 89 secondary schools in England between 2006 and 2009.
  • Independent faith schools - 22 October 2009. The survey was conducted at the request of the Secretary of State to establish the fitness for purpose of the standard and five regulations that registered independent faith schools are required to meet, and their contribution to preparing children and young people for life in Britain.

Inspectors visit 150 schools each year to inform Ofsted’s subject surveys in English, mathematics and science. Survey visits for other subjects are less frequent but continue to take place from time to time. 

Case studies of good practice in religious education in schools 

Transforming religious education in a secondary school: The Bankfield School - 26 January 2012. This case study shows how a secondary school transformed staff and students’ perceptions of religious education by reinvigorating teaching, the curriculum and the profile of the subject across the school.

Enquiry-based religious education; ‘Philosophy for children’ in practice - 24 May 2011. A case study of a school that has effectively integrated ‘Philosophy for children’ (P4C) within RE, in the context of implementing an innovative cycle of learning that lies at the heart of the syllabus. As a result, RE has been a catalyst for wider developments in teaching and learning across the school.

National Lead

Alan Brine is the National Lead for Religious Education. Alan has been an HMI for 11 years and the National Lead from 2007. Before joining Ofsted, Alan worked as the County Inspector for RE in Hampshire and previously taught in a variety of schools and at the King Alfred’s College of Higher Education (now University of Winchester).

External links

Annual Report 2012/13