Religious Education Being ‘Edged Out Of School Timetables’ Illegally

Researchers have found that the equivalents of 900 state secondary schools are breaking the law by dropping religious education between the ages of 14 and 16 to find more time for other subjects.

This edging out of RE has been mainly caused by recent changes made by the government. Under the change, pupils are awarded the “Ebacc” for gaining good GCSEs in the key subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Foreign languages and history or geography.

The consequences that this according to Stephen Lloyd ( Lib Dem MP) is that it leaves pupils ‘ill-prepared’ to make sense of faith in later life and are unable to respond to different views and beliefs in an informed, rational and insightful way.

The following are some out of the many findings by the study:

  • 33% of non-religious secondary schools and 35% of academies were failing to offer the subject at all for GCSE-age pupils 14-16 year olds.
  • A fifth of the schools reported a cut on specialist RE teachers in 2013/14 and 42% claimed that at least one-10 lessons in the subject were delivered by staff trained in other disciplines.

According to the Telegraph, Michael Gove does admit that RE has been an “unintended casualty” of the government’s reform programme.

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