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keeping RE on the timetable

26 September 2012

With the dust settling on Michael Gove’s education reforms, faith organisations have been quick to seek reassurance from the Department for Education (DfE) that religious education will remain on school timetables.

The EBacc measures achievement in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, a humanity, a modern language and sciences but to date there has been no guidance from the DfE on what qualifications (and what weight) other subjects will receive. Schools will wish to focus on teaching the core subjects in an effort to protect their place on the national league tables but this risks leaving other valuable additional subjects and qualification out in the cold.

The Catholic Education Service and National Society have written to the DfE expressing their concerns regarding the proposed changes and have stated that they will be responding to the DfE consultation on the proposed changes which closes on 10th December 2012. As around one in three schools are faith schools, the DfE will want to choose their words wisely.

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