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Religious education is lagging behind....

7 October 2013

A recent Ofsted report claims that over half of the school's in England have displayed low standards, weak teaching and examination results when it comes to Religious Education (RE).

The importance of RE risks becoming marginalised as the new English Baccalaureate excludes the subject from the five 'core' academic disciplines, ultimately discouraging pupils from sitting the GCSE. This may have a consequent knock on effect in the league tables as specialist RE teachers are discouraged from joining schools, ultimately impacting on how the subject is taught and the results that can be attained.

By the Government focusing on other compulsory subjects, do schools face the risk of minimising pupils' overall knowledge on key educational aspects of education involving social cohesion, empathy and an understanding of other cultures which is crucial in today's multi faith society for promoting equality and social integration? Perhaps Free Schools that specialise in RE will be the future answer to these concerns.

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