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Teaching of Christianity 'lacks intellectual development'

26 November 2012

Dr Nigel Fancourt of Oxford University said that Religious Education (RE) lessons can lack "intellectual development". Comments came as Oxford’s department of Education launched a new project aimed at supporting teachers in the presentation of Britain's principal religion in RE lessons.

The project is to help schools teach the faith in a more rigorous way.

RE is currently compulsory in state schools for pupils aged 5 to 16, though large numbers of schools are shunning the subject because it is not included in the new “English Baccalaureate”. Under the plan, a series of online materials will be made available free of charge to primary school teachers and non specialist staff in secondary education from September 2013.

More than 60% of our schools are of Christian Faith denomination, the step towards good training are key to improving the teaching of all aspects of RE. This initiative is likely to be welcomed by Christian faith Schools, as currently there is almost a total withdrawal of government support for RE.

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