Living Difference IV and Children with Special Educational Needs

Teachers seeking to ensure their curriculum is made well to meet the needs of children in their school with special educational needs (SEND) are advised in the first instance to read the relevant section in Living Difference IV.

Living Difference IV is an inclusive approach to teaching religious education and an example of high quality teaching, not only for religious education.

Living Difference is an approach to curriculum making and gives guidance for teachers in all educational contexts, as to how to make high quality religious education curriculum appropriate to their context.

Living Difference IV emphasises that each child or young person is unique and irreplaceable and places children and young people at the heart of the educational project. Therefore no child should be labelled or stereotyped in such a way as to limit what they will experience or encounter and be expected to achieve in religious education. 

Living Difference IV

Living Difference IV is the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. This is the legal document to be followed for the teaching of religious education in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight Local Authority schools. Academies in these areas are welcome to use Living Difference IV

Living Difference IV offers a set of principles for teachers to make their curriculum to ensure religious education is open to the plurality of ways in which people live in our local, national and international communities.

Living Difference IV describes an approach for teaching, seeking to explain the educational value not only of children engaging with new material intellectually, but also of them becoming better able to discern what is desirable for their own lives, and with others, for the world.

This Agreed Syllabus is the basis on which the Standing Advisory Councils for Religious Education (SACREs) of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight. Portsmouth and Southampton as well as the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) will determine the effectiveness of religious education in these areas.

For more information about religious education in your school, please contact Patricia Hannam, County RE Inspector, by email:

For information about using Living Difference IV in other areas or Multi Academy Trusts please see : Living Difference IV | Hampshire County Council (

Climate Crisis Project

A multidisciplinary project in relation the climate crisis, follow the links here for many useful resources to support your teaching across subject areas in school.

This project has been directly involving the following HIAS staff:

Justine Ball, Inspector/Adviser for primary RE  
Jayne Stillman, County Inspector/Adviser for Art 
Minnie Moore, Rights and Diversity Education Teacher/Adviser 
Patricia Hannam, County Inspector/Adviser for RE, history and philosophy  

Prevent strategy

Support available to schools under the Government's Prevent strategy