Step 1. Apply
Apply for a Religious Education Quality Mark
The REQM has three levels of award: bronze, silver, and gold. The REQM uses evidence to tell the big story of RE in your school. Levels are cumulative. View the criteria to decide which level of award your school would like to aim for.
The RE Council expects schools in England to make a judgment as to the degree to which they meet the RE Council’s National Content Standard for RE. The National Content Standard (NCS) sets a standard that all RE content should reach, it does not determine content specifics. Released in September 2023, not every curriculum or Agreed Syllabus meets the NCS yet. Consequently, a school should give reference to how their appropriate syllabus meets the NCS (REQM criteria 3.1) or should demonstrate their leadership awareness (criteria 4.1) of areas where their appropriate syllabus could be developed to meet the NCS at a later date.
It is considered that the content of current and future REQM Gold schools likely meets the NCS. Achieving a Gold Award could be extremely difficult with content that did not exceed the National Content Standard.
The REQM costs
£495 for an online assessment.
Assessments are conducted online, and we recommend this as an effective method.
(It is possible for an in-person assessment to be carried out, however, the cost is higher. Please enquire)
Step 2. Collect Evidence
Download the School Evidence forms.
Highlight those sections which you think apply to your school.
The School Evidence Form should be shown to the assessor on the day of the visit. Please do not send this form to the REQM office unless it is requested for moderation purposes. The form is available in English or Welsh
Schools that specialise in children with SEND are welcome to amend the evidence form so that it is suitable for the RE in their school. Please contact the Project Manager if you have any questions about this process.
Complete the form using your own school’s examples. This is not intended to be hard work: it is gathering evidence. The correct evidence can tell the story of RE in your school.
Step 3. Pupil Questionnaires
Download either the REQM primary or secondary questionnaire.
Arrange for groups of pupils to complete the questionnaire – this should be a cross section of the learners in your school. (Young children and those needing additional support can work with a TA.)
Pupils do not have to include their names, unless they wish to. Some schools are offering the questionnaire to all pupils, but this is not necessary. The learner questionnaires are a key element of evidence for the award.
What happens next
Once you have completed the online application form, an invoice will be generated and sent to you. When payment is received, an assessor will be appointed by the REQM office and you will be notified via email.
Your assessor will then contact you to arrange a date and time to visit your school. The visit is expected to last no longer than 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The evidence form and pupil questionnaires should be kept to show your assessor on the day of the assessment, these do not need to be sent to the REQM office unless requested for moderation purposes..
The assessor will speak with the headteacher or delegated member of the senior leadership team, the subject leader, and a small group of pupils and will look at a sample of the evidence you have collected.
The REQM office will confirm the level achieved and send the certificate, with the assessor’s feedback and the REQM logo, which you may like to use on stationery and publications.