The 1988 Education Reform Act re-enacts and reinforces the requirements of the 1944 Act that all county and voluntary schools are to provide Religious Education for all pupils. R.E. is included alongside the National Curriculum in the basic curriculum which all maintained schools must provide for their registered pupils, in accordance with a locally agreed syllabus.
The 1988 Act also requires the school to organise a daily act of collective worship that is to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character. Such assemblies are both spiritually and morally uplifting, developing a sense of unity and forming an integral and valuable part of the education progress. Collective worship and assemblies are held daily, whole school or class based.
It is the right of any parent to withdraw their child from R.E. and collective worship if they wish. Formal notification should be given to the Head Teacher in order that alternative arrangements, which take into account the school's provision, can be discussed.