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by RE Moodle administrator - Thursday, 20 May 2021, 10:13 AM

Using Living Difference III with Understanding Christianity

The Hampshire RE team is very pleased to let you know that there is free, detailed guidance available below about the Hampshire locally agreed syllabus for RE Living Difference III and using the resource Understanding Christianity with it. It contains an overview of the law for RE, the concepts underpinning the syllabus and advice on using activities in the resource while ensuring the cycle of enquiry is kept in place for all units of work in RE.  

The aim of this advice is to help you understand how to use Understanding Christianity with the Living Difference III cycle of enquiry so that your RE fully complies with the requirements of the syllabus while also using aspects of Understanding Christianity that meet your class needs. If you are in a voluntary controlled school, RE must be taught in accordance with the locally agreed syllabus Living Difference III and it is worth noting that in a voluntary controlled school designated as having a religious character, Ofsted will inspect RE, but not collective worship.

If you plan to use Understanding Christianity as a resource to support the teaching of Christianity within the wider context of the requirements of Living Difference III, we strongly recommend this advice to you.

If you feel that there is a need for further training on the syllabus to ensure the legal requirements for RE are met, there is a course on using the syllabus with Understanding Christianity available to you. The date for the next course is 13.10.21

For information on how to book all HTLC courses via Hampshire’s Learning Management System (LMS), please visit the HTLC site. For any enquiries about booking, please email

If you require any further clarification or indeed wider support for your RE, please contact :

Justine Ball for Primary RE on and Patricia Hannam on

Many of the Church of England schools in Hampshire and Southampton subscribe to the County RE Centre and therefore have easy access to resources to support Living Difference III. Please contact Lydia Revett at the RE Centre by email if you have any resourcing requirements and she will be delighted to help.

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