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SCHEDULE 19
 
  REQUIRED PROVISION FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
 
Introductory
     1. - (1) In this Schedule "the required provision for religious education", in relation to a school, means the provision for pupils at the school which is required by section 352(1)(a) of the Education Act 1996 to be included in the school's basic curriculum.
 
      (2) In this Schedule "agreed syllabus" has the meaning given by section 375(2) of that Act.
 
 
Community schools and foundation and voluntary schools without a religious character
     2. - (1) This paragraph applies to-
 
 
    (a) any community school; and
 
    (b) any foundation or voluntary school which does not have a religious character.
      (2) Subject to sub-paragraph (4), the required provision for religious education in the case of pupils at the school is provision for religious education in accordance with an agreed syllabus adopted for the school or for those pupils.
 
      (3) If the school is a secondary school so situated that arrangements cannot conveniently be made for the withdrawal of pupils from it in accordance with section 67 to receive religious education elsewhere and the local education authority are satisfied-
 
 
    (a) that the parents of any pupils at the school desire them to receive religious education in the school in accordance with the tenets of a particular religion or religious denomination, and
 
    (b) that satisfactory arrangements have been made for the provision of such education to those pupils in the school, and for securing that the cost of providing such education to those pupils in the school will not fall to be met from the school's budget share or otherwise by the authority,
  the authority shall (unless they are satisfied that because of any special circumstances it would be unreasonable to do so) provide facilities for the carrying out of those arrangements.
 
      (4) If immediately before the appointed day the school was a grant-maintained school (within the meaning of the Education Act 1996), and in relation to the school or any pupils at the school the appropriate agreed syllabus as defined by section 382 of that Act was a syllabus falling within subsection (1)(c) of that section, then until-
 
 
    (a) the end of such period as the Secretary of State may by order prescribe, or
 
    (b) such earlier date as the governing body may determine,
  the required provision for religious education in the case of the school or (as the case may be) those pupils is provision for religious education in accordance with that syllabus.
 
      (5) No agreed syllabus shall provide for religious education to be given to pupils at a school to which this paragraph applies by means of any catechism or formulary which is distinctive of a particular religious denomination (but this is not to be taken as prohibiting provision in such a syllabus for the study of such catechisms or formularies).
 
 
Foundation and voluntary controlled schools with a religious character
     3. - (1) This paragraph applies to any foundation or voluntary controlled school which has a religious character.
 
      (2) Subject to sub-paragraph (4), the required provision for religious education in the case of pupils at the school is provision for religious education-
 
 
    (a) in accordance with any arrangements made under sub-paragraph (3), or
 
    (b) subject to any such arrangements, in accordance with an agreed syllabus adopted for the school or for those pupils.
      (3) Where the parents of any pupils at the school request that they may receive religious education-
 
 
    (a) in accordance with any provisions of the trust deed relating to the school, or
 
    (b) where provision for that purpose is not made by such a deed, in accordance with the tenets of the religion or religious denomination specified in relation to the school under section 65(4),
  the foundation governors shall (unless they are satisfied that because of any special circumstances it would be unreasonable to do so) make arrangements for securing that such religious education is given to those pupils in the school during not more than two periods in each week.
 
      (4) If immediately before the appointed day the school was a grant-maintained school (within the meaning of the Education Act 1996), and in relation to the school or any pupils at the school the appropriate agreed syllabus as defined by section 382 of that Act was a syllabus falling within subsection (1)(c) of that section, then until-
 
 
    (a) the end of such period as the Secretary of State may by order provide, or
 
    (b) such earlier date as the governing body may determine,
  sub-paragraph (2)(b) shall be read as referring to that syllabus.
 
 
Voluntary aided schools with a religious character
     4. - (1) This paragraph applies to any voluntary aided school which has a religious character.
 
      (2) The required provision for religious education in the case of pupils at the school is provision for religious education-
 
 
    (a) in accordance with any provisions of the trust deed relating to the school, or
 
    (b) where provision for that purpose is not made by such a deed, in accordance with the tenets of the religion or religious denomination specified in relation to the school under section 65(4), or
 
    (c) in accordance with any arrangements made under sub-paragraph (3).
      (3) Where the parents of any pupils at the school-
 
 
    (a) desire them to receive religious education in accordance with any agreed syllabus adopted by the local education authority, and
 
    (b) cannot with reasonable convenience cause those pupils to attend a school at which that syllabus is in use,
  the governing body shall (unless they are satisfied that because of any special circumstances it would be unreasonable to do so) make arrangements for religious education in accordance with that syllabus to be given to those pupils in the school.
 
      (4) Religious education under any such arrangements shall be given during the times set apart for the giving of religious education in the school in accordance with the provision for that purpose included in the school's basic curriculum by virtue of section 352(1)(a) of the Education Act 1996.
 
      (5) Any arrangements under sub-paragraph (3) shall be made by the governing body, unless the local education authority are satisfied that the governing body are unwilling to make them, in which case they shall be made by the authority.
 
      (6) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), the religious education given to pupils at the school shall be under the control of the governing body.
 
 
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