The optional framework for senior cycle religious education offers teachers a structure within which to plan a programme for senior cycle R.E. appropriate to students who are not taking R.E. as an examination subject for Leaving Certificate. It complements the Leaving Certificate syllabus and guidelines and thus allows for easy management of both. The framework has been designed with sensitivity to the variety of contexts in which it may be used and can be tailored to suit the particular ethos of a school. It is offered as an option for schools.