Religious Education an Collective Worship


The Right of Withdrawal from Collective Worship and Religious Education


‘RE should help pupils to … develop a positive attitude towards other people,
respecting their right to hold different beliefs from their own, and towards living in
a society of diverse religions.’ [National Model Syllabus for RE 1994]


Guidance regarding the right of withdrawal is outlined in DFES Circular 1/94
sections 46 – 49 [RE] and 83 – 88 [collective worship] and relates to the 1988
and 1993 Education Acts.

In essence it allows parents to with draw their children
from collective worship and/or Religious Education either in part or completely.
Parents do not have to give a reason to request withdrawal.