The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 continues to provide the statutory basis for local authorities to provide religious education and religious observance in Scottish schools.
Religious and Moral Education (and Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools) is one of the eight core areas of Curriculum for Excellence and Religious Observance in both contexts is an important whole-school activity. Both contribute to the development of the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to enable children and young people to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
Our latest guidance on Religious and Moral Education and Religious Education in Roman Catholic Schools is available at the link below, dated February 2011.
Our latest guidance on Religious Observance is also available below, dated March 2017. This should be read in conjunction with Curriculum for Excellence briefing paper 16 – Religious Observance (Time for Reflection).